Hot flashes are one of many side effects that are dreaded by menopausal and pre-menopausal women all over the world. Conventional therapy for hot flash/menopausal symptoms has always been pharmaceutical hormone therapy. Unfortunately we now know that prescription hormone therapy has been linked with an increased likelihood of cancer, heart attacks and strokes. Luckily there are other alternatives available to help combat hot flashes. This article will cover some of the many natural ways to decrease the severity of hot flashes as well as some of the natural treatments for hot flashes.
Supplements for Hot Flashes
Women who wish to avoid the harmful side effects are pharmaceutical drugs are turning to more natural ways to combat their hot flash symptoms. There are creams, teas, oral supplements and gels that claim to decrease the severity of hot flashes. Some of these include; low dose progesterone cream, magnesium, black cohosh, vitamin e, zinc, and evening primrose. Low progesterone cream is a bioidentical cream (an all natural cream that mimics progesterone that is found in the body) which is available over the counter. Magnesium is available in pill form and is said to relieve hot flashes by naturally bringing your hormones back in balance. Black cohosh is a plant based treatment that is used for hot flashes and menstrual cramps for years. Another option is to use phytoestrogen cream which is made up from clover and soy to help alleviate hot flashes. Clary Sage essential oil has been known to mimic estrogen, and claims to reduce the severity of hot flashes as well. Regardless which alternative route you choose, it is imperative to understand that these all take time to work. Many women try alternative methods only to be discouraged if they don’t work immediately. Read directions carefully and don’t give up on your treatment, as some take weeks to help combat hot flashes.
Yes, I said calm down. Easier said than done when going through hot flashes, but if you can get the technique down, you will calm your nervous system, thus helping your circulation. To calm your nerves, practice controlled breathing-breathe in through your nose evenly for five seconds, then releasing the breath evenly through your mouth for five seconds. Practice this several times a day. Another way to help alleviate your symptoms is to focus on the good and remain positive. Your mind is a powerful entity. By remaining calm and positive you keep your body’s chemical balance in check.
Recent studies show that women may be able to reduce the likelihood of hot flashes (and the severity if you are already suffering) by cleaning up their diet. Eat plenty of green leafy vegetables for protein intake and cut down on animal protein. This ensures that you are consuming protein with less fat, and the likelihood that your leafy greens have been injected with hormones is slim. Consuming soy is another great way to help reduce hot flashes as it contains phytoestrogens that mimic female hormones. Stay away from sugary foods, alcohol, and limit your caffeine and dairy intake as these are thought to aggravate hot flash symptoms.