Natural Remedies for Hot Flashes

  Girl drinking a glass of water.  

An unwelcomed experience

Here is a food for thought on natural remedies for hot flashes. As women age, we often find ourselves caught up with not so welcoming experiences such as hot flashes and as a result we look through the IoT (Internet of Things) as the trend nowadays suggest, organic alternatives that are quite as effective. Being a woman means a never-ending cycle of hormones kicking, and always looking for ways to lessen the impact the symptoms that may interrupt with your daily life. Hot Flashes, the sudden onset of body warmth, are often caused by hormonal changes. These symptoms can range in severity from a minor irritation to a major disruption in the quality of life. There several are lifestyle strategies that can help you cope with hot flashes.  

Natural Remedies When Experiencing Hot Flashes

 

Cool Down Quickly

Hot flashes often appear suddenly, when you feel it starting, stand in front of a fan, drink a glass of water or run cold water on the inside of your wrists. These can often help cool down your body quickly.  

Take Deep Breaths

A lot of the symptoms of menopause, like hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, depression, and anxiety, start in the brain. There is a constant connection between the brain and what you are feeling in your body. Calm your brain by taking slow, deep breaths to relax at the onset of a hot flash. You could also use stress-reduction techniques, such as yoga and meditation that have been shown to reduce the number and severity of hot flashes.  

Be Physically Active

Studies show that women who are healthy and those who engage in vigorous exercise have fewer and less-intense hot-flashes than those who don’t. Staying physically active and being a healthy weight range are key to reducing body heat. Regular exercise does, indeed have many benefits, and one of those is the ability to reduce the frequency and intensity of hot flashes.  

Watch your Diet

Consume with Caution. In some cases, food can actually be the cause of your intense hot flashes, which is why it is also important to identify what foods to avoid, such as lessening your intake of sugar, spicy foods, alcohol and caffeine. If you need help with this, email me for free recipes and menu plans.  

Go Natural

There are a number of available natural remedies for hot flashes done with the use of herbs. Some common ones are valerian root, licorice root, and black cohosh, to name a few. If you’re not interested in hormone replacement therapy, consider taking an herbal alternative that supports hormonal changes and can reduce hot flashes. Everyone is an individual, so it’s best to consult a practitioner. I do offer telemed appointments to create a customized solution to your individual needs.  

The Takeaway

Hot flashes can be even worse in the summer heat. Menopause is a transition from one phase to the next in a women’s life. Menopause can be a challenge physically and emotionally. However, it can also bring great joy and freedom. Great comfort can be taken in knowing that there are natural remedies to diminish hot flashes and even stop them altogether. I’ve always shared with my patients, that each decade of a women’s life brings new challenges and perspectives. With each passing decade, take time to reflect on what you have accomplished and what you’re planning for the future. You’re body and hormones change through the years and so should your habits and lifestyle change to support it. It only gets better as the years go by.        
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