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Menopause & Suppressing Hot Flashes

Updated on July 20, 2013

What Are Hot Flashes

Hot flashes are the sudden feeling of warmth over the body. Mostly over the face, neck and chest area due to hormonal changes in the body in which many women may be experiencing during menopause.

Depending on the person, hot flashes may happen several times a day or twice a week. Hot flashes can occur at night as well and interupt your sleep.

If hot flashes are related to the onset of menopause, remember that this is a natural process and not a disease.

What Triggers Hot Flashes

Eating certain foods can trigger hot flashes, for instant eating spicey food, saturate fats and caffeine can contribute to your hot flashes. Hot spicy foods including peppers are stimulants. They stimulate the circulation and raise the body temperture.

Believe it or not, stress can trigger hot flashes as well. Anxiety has been shown to increase the frequency of hot flashes. In fact, anything that alters hormone levels, including stress can affect the hypothalamus and induce a hot flash. If stress or anxiety is causing the hot flashes, calming teas and adrenal-supporting nutrients may help.

Drinking lemon balm tea hot or cold have a calming effect which can help induce sleep. It is a very relaxing beverage which can help you with sleeping problems.

Exercise and Nutrition

Did you know that hot flashes can deplete the B vitamins, Vitamin C, Magnesium and potassium in your body? Make sure you eat plenty of food containing these nutrients or take supplements.

Soybean are high in compounds that are good to balance estrogen levels. To maintain estrogen levels, add soy-based foods, such as tofu and miso, to your diet.

Regular exercise can reduce overnight hot flashes. It aso helps to get rid of menopausal symptoms and help your sleep at night.

Tips On Keepimg It Cool

1. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Drinking water regulates your body temperture helping you stay cool.

2. In case you experience night time hot flashes, keep your bedroom cool at night so that you'll be able to sleep comfortably.

3. Wear light layers of clothing with natural fibers, such as cotton. Cotton and natural fabric blends breathe and help with moisture from the skin.


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      catmalone 5 years ago

      Thanks Marlene. Yes the Lemon Balm recipe will go hand and hand with the Menopause anxiety.

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Very nice hub on relieving hot flashes due to menopause. I'd like to link this hub with my Lemon Balm recipe.