What You Can Do About Hot Flashes

what to do about menopauseHot Flashes can be unique to each individual, just like many other illnesses of the human body.  It can be triggered by any number of factors; however some of the most common triggers of hot flashes are heat, stress, alcohol, caffeine, spicy foods, cigarette smoking, and tight clothes.

Be aware that smokers do seem to report a greater severity and frequency of hot flashes symptoms. This alone should be an incentive to finally quit smoking and implement a healthier lifestyle.

Here are some useful health tips to make hot flashes more manageable should they occur:

Dressing In Layers

Rather than wearing one single very warm item of clothing, consider dressing in layers.  Wear layers so that you can easily remove should your symptoms suddenly appear.

Staying Cool

Wear light fabrics such as cotton. Try to keep your environment cool.  Open your windows to let the cool air in. If it’s too hot use a fan in your bedroom in the daytime and night time to cool you off while you sleep.  An energy efficient air conditioner with a timer can be a great investment to cool you down.

Breathing Slowly

Slow and deliberate breathing is the way to calm your inner being. Take 6 to 8 breathes per minute using your abdominal muscles. Besides doing this whenever your hot flashes starts, you can do this also for 15 minutes in the morning and in the evening.


There are many benefits to exercising and it also extends to alleviating menopause as well.  Hot flashes can be reduced by cycling, regular walking, dancing, swimming and running. Yoga is another exercise activity that some women find helpful for alleviating hot flashes.

Natural Women’s Supplement

A great way to reduce hot flashes is to use a natural libido supplement such as Provestra or Hersolution.   For example Provestra may help reduce hot flashes because one of its ingredients black cohosh.  Black cohosh contains a compound called fukinolic acid, which encourages estrogen-like activity in the body.

Please Be aware and don’t mistake a natural female supplement for hormone replacement therapy (HRT). HRT is a drug that is linked to many health problems such as possibly breast cancer, gall bladder inflammation, and blood clots.

There are no hormones in natural female supplements.  They are made with herbs and amino acids that introduce important nutrients in the body.  These nutrients helps balance the hormones that tends to reduce the sex drive during menopause.

Other supplements to help women reduce hot flashes naturally are flaxseed oil and evening primrose oil. Be careful and do not try evening primrose oil if you are taking certain medications like blood thinners. Consult with your doctor first to get her opinion if taking such medication.

And finally let us take a look at soy as a natural supplement for treating hot flashes. What is the verdict on soy….is it a good idea or not?

Isoflavones are plant–based estrogens contained in soy products.  They are believed to have a weak estrogen like effect that may help reduce hot flashes.  There are studies that continue on this compound.  Some evidence are favorable showing that isoflavones does help combat hot flashes while other studies claim there are no effects.  Since studies show soy as an effective treatment for hot flashes then soy foods are more likely to be more effective then supplements.

For more manageable tips on menopause and hot flashes, check out Foods That Helps Reduce Hot Flashes.

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