Hot flashes are intense feelings of warmth over the face, neck and chest which occur suddenly. The skin may redden and sweating may occur flowed by a chill. Hot flashes can happen during menopause and they are a transitional symbol. The symptoms generally lasts for a few minutes and then subside. The frequency of the occurrence differs for every woman and it generally lasts for a day or two. Hot flashes may continue for 4-5 years. Hot flashes can be triggered and worsened by certain triggers like stress, alcohol, caffeine, spicy foods, heat and smoking. Certain lifestyle modifications and home remedies can provide relief from these hot flashes.
Hot flashes are believed to occur as a result of hormonal changes in the body of women approaching menopause. The hypothalamus becomes more sensitive to even slight changes in the temperature of the body. Obesity, smoking and a lethargic lifestyle increase the risk factor for hot flashes. During a hot flash the blood vessels on the outer layer of the skin dilate or widen there is rush of blood towards the skin which heats up the body. In order to reduce the temperature the body also sweats to cool down. Tingling sensation in the fingers, rapid heartbeat, hot skin, redness of the face and sweating are some of the symptoms of a hot flush.
Home remedies for Hot flashes:
Hot flashes can be controlled by using home remedies and by adopting an active nd healthy life style.
- Wear layers of clothing and adjust your clothing as per how you feel.
- Avoid wearing tight fitting clothes.
- Drink some cool water at the beginning of a hot flash.
- Use cotton bed clothes and wear cotton clothes at night.
- Keep an ice pack near your bed.
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet.
- Exercise regularly.
- Do not smoke.
- Black cohosh is very effective in treating hot flashes and it reduces the amount of sweating.
- Flaxseed oil contains lignans which are similar to estrogen and are a useful remedy for controlling the symptoms of menopause.
- Evening primrose oil regulates the production of estrogen and has a cooling effect.
- The chickweed tincture herb reduces the intensity of a hot flash.
- Red clover has phytoestrogens and brings down the severity and frequency of the hot flashes.
- Dong quai is a herb that maintains the natural balance of the female hormones and can be used as a remedy.
- Herbs like spearmint, licorice root, chaste berry, wild yams and motherwort also provide relief from hot flashes.
- Sage tea is helpful in treating hot flashes.
- Vitamin-B can help in dealing with the stress associated with menopause.
- Vitamin-C contains bioflavonoids which can control the occurrence of hot flashes.
- Vitamin-E has anti-oxidants which help in reducing the symptoms of hot flashes.
- Avoid long periods in the sun and keep yourself cool.
- Practice meditation and relaxation techniques to reduce stress.
- Do breathing exercises during a hot flash to reduce anxiety which may increase the intensity of the hot flash.
- Include soy in the diet as it contains phytoestrogens which can ease the symptoms.
- Avoid hot spicy foods, alcohol and coffee which may trigger a hot flash.
- Consume juices made from carrot and beetroots.
- Include foods rich in calcium like milk products, cheese and beans.
- Spirulina is also helpful for during menopause.
Menopause is a very difficult period for a woman as she has to cope with the physical and emotional changes. Hot flashes are a source of discomfort and can interfere with the sleep and work if they are severe. Hence make use of these home remedies to get relief from the symptoms of hot flashes and lead a normal and healthy life.