Home Remedies for Menopausal Hot Flashes!

Of all the discomforts that come with menopause hot flashes are probably the most common  and most annoying.

“Am I having hot flashes?” you ask. Well lets put it this way, if you have to ask that what you’re feeling are hot flashes then you’re not having hot flashes.

What causes hot flashes? It primarily has to do with the bodies falling estrogen levels and with rapid widening of the blood vessels. This sudden widening lets the blood rush towards the surface of the skin, and that heats up the body.

There are two levels of hot flashes. Mild or moderate flushing will make it seem that you’re the only one around who is warm. In most cases this feeling of warmth does not cause too much sweating, discomfort or other disruptions. This mild or moderate flushing may feel like a nuisance and be a slight bother at work or while sleeping however, these will not interfere with the ability to function.

Severe or extreme flushing, on the other hand can keep you from functioning properly, from getting on with everyday-life. Severe hot flashes including the night sweats will interrupt sleep and will interfere with just about everything. Luckily a lower percentage of women experience these severe disabling hot flashes, most will only have nuisance flashes (‘only’ not being the key word here).

Help comes from using common sense!

Common sense and a little preparation will go a long way when trying to cope with hot flashes.

  • Light, loose-fitting clothes can help keep your body temperature down.
  • Plan your wardrobe for the next year or two around these hot flashes.
  • Layers, layers and layers should be the main or key components for the next while
  • Let the layering system act as your thermostat.
  • A button down cardigan is always easier to take off than a pullover
  • A button front blouse is better than that turtleneck when you feel the heat coming on
  • Cotton, hemp and other natural fibers are usually better at air circulation. (Polyesters will keep the body heat close and not release it as fast as the natural fabrics)
  • A personal fan can come in handy when those big flashes strike (these come in the oriental folding kind or battery powered also electrical which can direct a cooling stream of air towards you)

  • A loose cotton t-shirt is better for sleeping in than the satin nighty for the duration (keep an extra tshirt near to change into when the night sweats hit)

  • Invest in an extra pillow or two with a couple of cotton pillowcases, again for when the night sweats hits

  • Lower the thermostat at home and at work (if you can) at a lower temperature. If the surrounding air is cool the flash may pass faster.

  • Unfortunately summer time is hard for menopausal women as hot flashes are bad enough on their own, but with heat all around it can be almost unbearable. This is when the air conditioner becomes your new best friend. Keep at least one room well air conditioned as a sanctuary.



Recognize what your trigger points are!

Try keeping a hot flash diary so that after a while you will know what can trigger a hot flash record what you were doing, what you ate or drank even if you were worrying about something at the time. Stress, nicotine, caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods, fatty foods and even chocolate can set off an attack at the drop of a hat. Regular everyday activities such as pulling the laundry out of the dryer (hot clothes) or doing the dishes (standing over a sink of steaming water) can bring on or intensify them. Once you recognize what the trigger point is try to pass those chores onto someone else.

Relax When You Feel the Flash

Relax, although hot flashes are very uncomfortable, keeping the whole process in perspective will help. Hot flashes are something that most women will outgrow within a year to eighteen months. To minimize them try to relax, by simply taking some slow deep breaths, taking a cold drink of water, move around and shed an extra layer of clothing. Above all it helps to keep it all in the right context, a sense of humor can go a long way.

My Home Remedies:

During menopause a vegetable juice with a beet juice base is one of the most useful of vegetable juices. However because beets are so powerful they should always be mixed with other vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers, celery and tomato (each of these vegetables useful in their own way) and apples.

Beets are filled vitamins and minerals: Folic acid, beta-carotene, Vitamins A, C, B's, Niacin, Calcium, Potassium, Iron, Phosphorus, Magnesium and Chlorophyll.

Celery is rich in active Sodium, Potassium, Calcium, Phosphorus, Vitamins A, C, B's, Folic acid and Chlorophyll.

Cucumbers are the best natural diuretic as they contains Calcium, Phosphorus, Vitamin A, C, K, Pantothenic Acid, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Manganese and Potassium...and are very low in Cholesterol and Sodium.

Tomatoes contain a lot of Sodium, Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium, Thiamin, Vitamin A and many more useful elements.

Carrots are very rich in Vitamins A, B, C, E and K contain Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Phosphorus, Sulfur. They help improve digestion etc.

Apples are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium and are a good source of Dietary Fiber and Vitamin C.

Important facts about beets :

  • Pure beet juice from both the greens or the bulb helps the body to cleanse and detoxify. This is good for the body in moderation. (moderation being the key word)
  • Rem: Beets cause both stools and urine to turn red.
  • Beets are also high in oxalic acid, therefore should not be combined with other vegetables that are high in calcium, such as broccoli. (Oxalic acid together with calcium create an indigestible compound)


Recipe #2

This mixture combines the useful properties of all the vegetable juices:  beets, celery, carrots, cucumber, tomatoes and apples for sweetness

Ingredients:

  • 4 stalks celery
  • 2 small beets
  • 2 large carrots
  • 2 large firm tomatoes
  • 1 med cucumber
  • 1 large apple

Methodology:

  • Wash and peel fruits and vegetables.
  • Keeping the celery leaves
  • Remove core from apples
  • Pass through the juicer and enjoy.

Recipe #1 '4x4'

To squeeze beet juice, choose small roots, as they are sweeter. Here is one of beet juice recipes:

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz beet juice
  • 4 oz carrot juice
  • 4 oz celery stalks
  • 4 cups apple juice

Methodology:

  • Wash and peel apples and vegetables.
  • Keeping the celery leaves
  • Core apples
  • Pass through the juicer and enjoy.

Drinking 3 small juice glasses (100ml) per day will have a better effect than drugs.

Vegetable and fruit juices made from fresh produce, should be drunk almost immediately. If you need a bit of 'oomph' every once in a while  add a drop or two of Tabasco sauce or hot sauce.

Drinking a glass of either of these two juices three times a day not only help cool the system will also lower blood pressure and help to cope with the day-to-day stresses. And, of course, will help to remove toxins from the body.


CAUTION!

This information does not replace medical advice. It is important to consult a Doctor and/or Natutopath before taking any herbs. Just like drugs, herbal or botanical preparations have chemical and biological activity and may have side effects and interact with certain medications.

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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Loveslove, thank you for taking a look and for commenting. I was wrong apparently, I'm still not quite done. 5 weeks ago I started going through heavy duty forest fires again at night even though the air conditioner was set on high. I probably single handedly could have melted either of the poles. So I'm back on my juice regime again and I'm much better again.

regards Zsuzsy


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Loveslove 5 years ago from England

Great informative HUB ...although im long past the Menopause it was an interesting read...when I was in the throws of all the discomfort it can bring I drank loads of water during the day and took evening primrose ,cut down on my alcohol and tea it seemed to work and I sailed through with little bother.


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Thank you for taking a look and for commenting Lexie. It's taken a few years but knock on wood, no-no, not just knock sledge-hammer on wood but I think I'm finally done. Haven't had a 'cook-out-fest' in my body since the end of January...

good luck to you and your sisters, it will get better I promise

regards Zsuzsy


Lexie 5 years ago

good morning - I have been dealing with hot flashes (and nasty night sweats) on and off for a few years now and it seems i can control them from time to time, but, it lasts for a month or so and then they are back. Right now is particularly nasty so am trying to balance diet and exercise again. Thank you for your article, insight and support to many - every little bit we can get to read is a little boost to not give up and just put up. I will not go to the Dr. for this, I will control it - so thank you for inspiring me once again and letting me know I CAN. One of my sisters is going to try acupuncture - there are 4 of us going through it at the same time. I may do so as well.


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Pollyannalana, have not heard of that but will check into it. Thanks

hope you're well

greetings and have a great Easter

regards Zsuzsy


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

I read somewhere about sweet potato and soy milk equal(together I assume)estrogen but now cannot find where I saw that, have you read or heard of that?


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hiya Steph how are you? Glad you came for a visit.

I love my juicer, my kids are teasing me telling everyone that nothing is safe from me and my juicer not even rocks... Let's face it beets never even had a chance especially since they're good for fighting hot=flashes.

Hope you and the family are well

regards ZSuzsy


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Love your light, yet direct and helpful approach to giving information on this topic. The vegetable juice with beets sounds appealing. Thank you for the directions and inspiration!


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Wordscribe my dear, glad you dropped in for a visit. Tea? ~Do me a favor please, if you're getting near 'THE time' then make sure you do all the research you can. Don't let the doctors browbeat you into estrogen until you know all there is to know about it... until you know that that treatment is right for you.

~the side effect of the beets... well beets will do what they do... no changing it that's for sure ( just remember you had some for dinner then you don't get heart palpitation when you notice what you left behind)

~Thanks for the congrats, as for what will I do with it... I think it will evaporate along with the rest of the money in my bank account...

~zsuzsy is just the Hungarian way of spelling Suzy... not hard

~I'm still recovering from that awful flu-turned-bronchitis- infection, it knocked me for a loop but getting better everyday. With spring just around the corner I couldn't be better.

greetings to you and your family

Z


wordscribe41 6 years ago

Good grief, Zsuzsy, this is bookmark-worthy. This is not too far off in the distant future for me, so I'll definitely be consulting Zsuzsy's book of home remedies. I wonder... do you have any well, urine discoloration from the beets recipes? I recently had a beet salad and thought I needed to go to the ER forgetting that funny little side effect.

Anyway, NICELY done. Congrats on drawing the winning number the other day. What will you do with it? I hope you and yours are well. By the way, your profile description of yourself has to be one of my top 5 on HP. I can feel your power, Z! (Typing 'Zsuzsy" is difficult, you know.)


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Anita, I prefer cotton. Thank you for taking a look and for commenting.

regards Zsuzsy


Anita 6 years ago

There are many remedies for night sweats and hot flashes, however many of my clients have found the most relief by boosting soy and omega 3 in their diet and wearing wicking pajamas at night for the night sweats. Wicking pajamas are made of micro fiber and are much better than cotton.


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

AEvans, always glad when you pop in for a visit. You can never be too prepared. Make sure you do all your research about estrogen etc. It is not right for everyone and can cause a lot of side effects.

greetings to you from a sunny almost spring Ontario

Zsuzsy


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

I have bookmarked this hub I haven't gone through menopause yet but when I do this information will certainly be handy. :)


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

fits4life, I should know most of the going on's with menopause as it took me more than 8 years to get through them.

My hot flashes were so bad to start with that I was scarred they were going to accuse me of causing the global warming effects.

Thank goodness that's all over and done with.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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fits4life 6 years ago from Richmond

This is funny, but so true. You have touched on every aspect of menopause. Thanks for the solutions that you have placed on this hub. I am thankful that I found this information.


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Kaie Arwen, thank you for stopping by and for commenting. Maybe the recipes here will help. Check out my other hub on menopause too because I have another recipe (Tea) on that one too which you might like to try too.

http://hubpages.com/health/Controlling-the-discomf...

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

MPG Narratives, hope your menopause battle will be easy on you and short.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Paradise7, how are you? Thanks for coming for a visit and for commenting. I have tried just about every kind of herbal and home remedies I could find as I refuse to take anything made from pregnant horse urine, eeeuuwww (which my doctor was trying to push onto me)

greetings from an almost spring-like Ontario

Zsuzsy


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Kaie Arwen 6 years ago

Oh my........... thank you! I thought the dreaded hot flashes had finally left the house, but those very unwelcome visitors have returned with a vengeance! Maybe something here will banish them forever.

You're right, if someone has to ask.......... they've never experienced a "hot flash." They are quite memorable and quite distinctive. The only remedy I've ever tried that worked was advised by my doctor and that was SOY. I learned to love soynuts, and I guess I will be hunting them down at the grocery again.

Great info........

K


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MPG Narratives 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Mine are just beginning, thanks for the help.


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Thanks for a good hub about this topic. It's SOOOOOOOOO useful. I had hot flashes for about 7 years, thank God I seem to be past them now. I wish I saw this hub earlier in my life!


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Pollyannalana ...who turned up the heat is right

hope you're well

greetings Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Susan Carter thank you for stopping be and for commenting.

regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Always glad when you stop by Maita.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

Had to laugh right off, hot flashes is like waking up wondering if your ceiling is leaking...and who turned up the heat!


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Susan Carter 6 years ago

Lots of info. Thanks.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

nice one again, Maita

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