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Hot flushes are synonymous with menopause and are one of the most common symptoms associated with this period in a woman’s life. Creeping up on you when you least expect it, causing your body to become akin to a furnace and dictating your outfit choices. They're a tough (but not impossible) symptom to quell altogether and there are things you can do to ease their severity.
So, how to stop hot flushes from becoming a regular fixture in your perimenopause or menopause? Whilst the most frequently prescribed treatment for hot flashes has typically been hormone replacement therapy (HRT), many women choose to opt out of following a medicalised route and prefer to take menopause supplements instead.
If you’re wondering how to get your life and regular thermostat back, stop menopause hot flushes and ease other menopause symptoms without resorting to hrt, then these methods can be of help.
If your hot flushes are relatively mild, this may be all you need to do to manage them. Even the smallest increase in core body temperature can trigger a hot flush so you need to be constantly on your guard against heat.
Keep windows open when you’re working and when you’re asleep. If this isn’t possible, use a fan or air conditioning, but make sure that you maintain a room temperature at or below the standard 20°C (68°F).
It can be a good idea to wear layers of clothing that you can remove should and when you feel a flush coming on. Try adding a thin t-shirt that you feel comfortable wearing underneath your usual work attire.
It can help to drink a cold drink when you feel a flash coming on too. You can prepare a bottle of your favourite juice (or water) by putting it in the freezer overnight and then taking it out with you in the morning and allowing it to defrost slowly throughout the day. It should stay icy for a good few hours.
There are certain foods that can help to ease menopause symptoms. Generally you’ll want to stick to a low-GI, anti-inflammatory-packed whole food diet to support your hormonal health.
Healthy fats, particularly the omega-3s found in fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines, have been shown to reduce frequency and intensity of hot flushes and night sweats.
Fruits and vegetables can and should be enjoyed in abundant quantities: in one study that followed over 17,000 menopausal women, those eating more fruit and vegetables reported a 19% reduction in instance of hot flushes compared with a control group. Researchers surmised that the high levels of vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants present in fruit and vegetables were responsible for the reduction in menopause symptoms.
You should avoid, where possible, alcohol, caffeine, refined sugar and processed carbohydrates as these can all exacerbate symptoms.
Meditation, mindfulness, conscious breathing exercises and yin yoga have all been linked to reduced hot flushes in menopausal women. Many women also report added benefits of such practices, including better sleep, improved mood, and enhanced focus and productivity.
Studies have shown that women who are overweight or obese may experience more intense hot flushes during menopause than women who are a healthy weight.
Many women find that perimenopause weight gain becomes difficult to avoid over the years leading up to menopause. This is attributed to declining estrogen levels and other hormone changes that take place during this time in a woman’s life.
Research has shown that losing weight, specifically by eating an anti-inflammatory diet for menopause weight loss that's high in fruit, vegetables and high quality protein, can also reduce the instance of hot flushes and night sweats.
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