Natural Solutions to Hot Flashes in Menopause
Is there a way to get through menopause and still feel ‘normal’? While the idea of, ‘normal’ may vary from woman to woman, a study published through Harvard Health, shared a few ideas around dealing with the symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, that just might help you feel like your old self again.
Although hot flashes can begin before menopause is in full swing, this horrible side-effect can last anywhere from three to five years. Here are a few natural solutions to help relieve the dreaded hot flashes:
- Avoid triggers such as hot beverages, spicy foods, hot rooms, alcohol and stressful situations.
- Dress in layers. This allows you to remove clothing when you become overheated and put them back on once your body has cooled.
- Vitamin C- Some women have found that bioflavanoids found in Vitamin C can help reduce the frequency of hot flashes. In order to get hot flash relief, I would recommend making an appointment for a Vitamin C IV.
- Keep your bedroom a few degrees cooler with a fan or portable air conditioner.
- Flaxseeds- Fatty acids, such as those found in flaxseeds, are effective in reducing menopausal symptoms. Flax contains plant lignans which are similar to estrogen, possibly causing estrogen levels to stabilize in menopausal women.
- Reduce stress by doing yoga at night or performing 15 minutes of meditation before bed.
- B-Vitamins- B6 also is connected to hormone balance in women. It helps with estrogen metabolism, by helping to reduce tissue hypersensitivity to estrogen. This is important for woman when the excess hormones need to be conjugated back out of the body, due to hormones in meats, birth control or supplemental estrogen. For that reason, B6 can be helpful with breast tenderness during the menstrual cycle. A B6 deficiency may explain why there may be exaggerated symptoms of estrogen dominance with normal or slightly increased estrogen levels. It may not be the level of estrogen causing estrogen excess symptoms, but rather the exaggerated response that causes estrogen excess symptoms and patterns.
- Check your hormone levels. During this auspicious change in your life, it’s important to remember as your body changes, so do your hormones and the processing of them. Schedule an appointment to discover what changes you can make to help find the relief and balance you need.