What causes hot flashes? 5 easier ways that you can have easier menopause

Are hot flashes driving you crazy? Tired of night sweats, clammy skin and feeling flushed all the time?  If you are always fanning yourself and feel like  all you want to do is tear off all your clothes, then you are definitely experiencing every menopausal woman’s nightmare – the dreaded hot flashes! 

We discuss hot flashes, what causes them and what YOU can to do to make menopause more manageable.

What is a hot flash?

A hot flash is a feeling of intense heat which comes about quite quickly. Your face and neck area may become red, feel warm and flushed, you may also start sweating too.

Many women experience hot flashes at night which are accompanied by sweating. These are nightly sweats which usually keep menopausal women awake at night, making it even harder for them to stay asleep.

Hot flashes often appear suddenly or sometimes you may actually feel them coming on. Some women may also have tingling in the fingers and a rapid heart rate or chills.
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What causes a hot flash?

It is not really clear what causes hot flashes but they are most likely as a result of hormonal changes in the body. Every woman going through menopause experiences hot flashes differently.

While some may hardly be affected by hot flashes, others may feel their severity and intensity and report that hot flashes have a negative impact on their lives.
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Will hot flashes last forever?

The intensity of hot flashes varies from woman to woman and affects each one differently. Some women may only experience hot flashes for a short period during menopause while others may have them for the rest of their lives.

In most cases, the severity of hot flashes decreases over time. 
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What you can do to have an easier menopause?

While hot flashes during menopause are very common, there are easy ways to prevent and manage them.

1. Reduce hot flash triggers

There are a number of triggers that can exacerbate hot flashes. Luckily, there are certain things that you can avoid and these include wearing tight clothing, hot weather or being in a heated environment, drinking alcohol or caffeinated beverages, eating spicy foods or smoking. 
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2. Eat a healthy, well balanced diet

What you eat can affect the intensity and severity of your hot flashes. If you decide to go out for a curry or Mexican food, you may definitely pay the price later. Hot flashes and spicy foods do not like each other!

Reduce your intake of foods high in sugar, white bread or pasta.

Choose foods that contain protein, healthy fats and are high in fibre to balance your hormones. Enjoy healthy and nourishing foods such as oatmeal or a smoothie for breakfast, an omelette or salad for lunch and grilled salmon and roasted veggies for dinner. Broccoli sprouts also contain antioxidants which are great for hormone balance and will help to keep your body in sync. 
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3. Reduce stress

Managing your stress levels can help you to cope better with hot flashes. The onset of a hot flash can cause many women to feel anxious, overwhelmed and stressed.

It is important that you learn and practice certain relaxation techniques to keep calm and relaxed and help you manage your hot flashes more effectively.

Practice deep breathing exercises, meditate, do yoga, go for a long walk or listen to soothing music to quiet your mind and body and feel more relaxed and at peace. If you are really feeling stressed, take a few drops of PureCalm, a wonderfully, soothing herbal remedy to keep you calm and relaxed in minutes.
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4. Be good to yourself

Women generally feel yucky when they have hot flashes. Some can’t even wear make-up, their hair is matted and they are sweaty most of the time.

Learn to be good to yourself. Go for a massage, cut your hair, have a leisurely bubble bath or treat yourself to a weekend away. Pampering yourself will lift your spirits and take your mind off feeling hot and flushed all the time.
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5. Use natural remedies

Many women take hormone replacement therapy to treat their hot flashes but it often comes with unwanted side effects. Natural remedies are much gentler on the body’s system and help to relieve hot flashes, balance hormones and manage menopause. In the Feelgood Health range, MellowPause and Don Quai can help you to cope with hot flashes and manage menopausal symptoms.     

MellowPause is a herbal formula which helps to reduce hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms while balancing your hormones.  Don Quai is a female reproductive system tonic to promote premenstrual, menstrual and menopausal health.  It helps to balance hormones that are out of whack in the body.
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