Hot Flash


Hot flashes can occur at any moment, one minute you're going about your normal day, and the next you're drenched in sweat. Hot flashes are arguably one of the worst parts of menopause, and they affect about 75% of post-menopausal women and almost half of perimenopausal women. They come on suddenly, can happen multiple times a day or week and may persist for years.

Hot Flashes usually subside over time, here are some tips that can help you in the meantime.

Dress Cool
Slight increases in the body's temperature can trigger hot flashes. By dressing in layers you can shed your clothes when you feel a hot flash coming on.  You can also buy tank tops that are dry fit they can wisk away moisture and heat from your skin. If hot flashes occur at night, try lowering your thermostat or switching to cotton sheets and pajamas that let your skin breathe.

Carry Peppermint or Wipes
Get a spray bottle and put five drops of peppermint oil and mix with a little water.When the heat strikes, spray a little on your neck, chest or forehead. The spray will evaporate and the peppermint oil will provide a soothing, cooling effect (it will also make you smell fresh). Use a cool, moist washcloth or wipes. Cooling Wipes can also help,

Change in Diet
What to eat: Try some trail mix. Almonds and sunflower seeds are a great source of vitamin E, which studies suggest may help with hot-flash symptoms. Plus, diets rich in fruits, including strawberries, pineapple, melon, apricot and mango, as well as Mediterranean diets have been shown to decrease the number of hot flashes, especially compared to diets high in fat and sugar. A better diet might help in other ways, too – weight loss has been shown to improve hot flashes.

What not to eat: Avoid hot and spicy foods, caffeinated drinks, alcohol and diet pills, which have all been shown to trigger hot flashes.

Try a Supplement
Black cohosh supplements are a controversial hot-flash remedy that has been shown to improve severity and frequency of hot flashes. However, black cohosh may not be appropriate for people with liver disease. Always talk to your doctor before starting a new supplement.

Yoga, meditation and other stress-reducing techniques could cut your hot flashes in half, one study says. If you can feel one coming on, practicing controlled breathing techniques and muscle relaxation regularly during a hot flash could cut down how often you'll get them.

Quit Smoking
Smoking is associated with increased hot flashes. Cut your cancer risk, improve your lung function and cool off all at once by kicking that cigarette habit.

These are just a few tips for staying cool, always consult your doctor before trying any supplements.

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