One of the most common symptom when a woman is in the menopausal transition is having some hot flashes. (You can read other symptoms of menopause here.)
At least 75% of women will experience hot flashes at some point in this transition – and sometimes those common but maddening, sweaty spells keep recurring for 10 years or more. No wonder surveys show hot flashes are now our top complaint during menopause.
To some women, having these symptoms varies. About 2 in 10 women never get hot flashes. Others have it for only a very short period. But to some, they can have them for 11 years or more. On average, however, women get hot flushes or night sweats for about 7 years.
So, how can you ever cool down? Easily!
I have gathered some easy and yet very reliable tips on how you can cool down your hot flashes. I have tried all of them and i tell you that all these are effective.
1. Doing yoga can control your cortisol.
Yoga is powerful in cooling your hot flashes down. You don’t need to go and drive anywhere or spend so much money to learn yoga – there are tons of free lessons for beginners videos on Youtube.com.
This is really great news because practicing yoga for 20 minutes a day is shown to cut hot flashes by 63%! Yoga is focus on relaxed, controlled breathing which eliminates or control down the production of a proven hot flash trigger – the stress hormone cortisol.
2. Taking sage to maintain estrogen.
According to the Advances in Therapy, taking 500mg to 600mg. of sage extract daily could have your hot flashes cool down in only about eight weeks! Sage contains a mild estrogen-like compound that stops flushing when your own estrogen drops.
Another way or option instead of taking a Sage extract, is steep a 1 Tbsp. of fresh sage leaves in one cup boiling water, covered for 5 minutes. Strain and sip. You can even add honey or lemon. Have this tea at least two or three cups each day – very helpful for your hot flashes.
3. Relaxing with neroli oil.
Having at least about two five-minute breaks each day to relax and enjoy the aroma of neroli essential oil will reduce hot flashes as much as 25% according to the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Neroli`s sweet, floral aroma calms the anxiety center of your brain – and when your anxiety level drops, your brain temperature control rises, says co-author Hui Lee, Ph.D.
And last but not the least, and the most surprising one,
4. Wine can cut the risk of hot flashes by 48%
Harvard research shows that drinking five glasses of wine weekly – but no more than that – could cut the risk of hot flashes by 48%. Wine compounds called polyphenols help convert excess testosterone into estrogen you need to keep temperature cooler.
These are just very easy treatments which can help you go through your hot flashes. But if your symptoms are bothersome or causing trouble for you, it is better to talk to your doctor who may recommend some treatments such as Hormone Replacement Therapy or HRT. If it is not right for you, there are still other treatments which may offer relief. B-complex Vitamins, Vitamin E, and Ibuprofen may help too.
Hot flashes has always been connected to menopause. It is a symptom that women has accepted and even to some would not want any treatment at all – they eventually get used to it until the symptom is gone. But if in any way you want to control your temperature, try these easy tips!
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