Hot Flashes: lifestyles & home remedies

I am a 49 years old and I am post menopausal.  I have been post menopausal for 5 years.  I began having symptoms at age 36 which is unusually young, so as you can imagine, I have developed a good sense of humor in my quest to find fast, easy and simple tricks to dealing with mood swings, irritability and hot flashes. 

First and foremost, lets get this out of the way.  Drugs, hormone replacement therapy and modern medicine will never stop hot flashes.  Hot flashes will continue to occur for years after your last menstrual cycle.   Doctors and big-pharm  are chronically pushing unnecessary drugs on us for profit and very few of them actually offer a solution.  Lets discuss this, woman to woman, without the fourberie of profit.

Here’s the real deal. We all know that some of the biggest hot flash triggers are things we are never going to be willing to let go, and I’m here to tell you, you shouldn’t have to.  There is no way in hell I am giving up my alcohol, nicotine, spicy foods, caffeine, fatty foods, and chocolate.  No way, no how.  There are more livable solutions, trust me!

Pour me a glass ladies, I’m going in….

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Let’s just bypass the whole, “watch what you eat and drink” thing. Hot and spicy foods, caffeinated beverages, and alcohol can trigger hot flashes but if I am going to be forced to let any one of these necessities go, then the world will be forced to deal with the backlash of my insatiable mood swings.  My middle aged mouth is comparable to a man and his penis.  Once it’s on, I have no control over it and I refuse to take responsibility for the mistakes I make with it …but only if you dare take away my vices.   There will be no further discussion.

Lets quickly address Estrogen and Estrogen like remedies.

Not all plant estrogen’s are safe!  Be careful. Asian women, who consume soy regularly, are less likely to report hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms than are women in other parts of the world. One reason might be related to ingestion of estrogen-like compounds in soy, red clover and many other plants. However, studies giving soy to women with hot flashes have generally found no benefit. Many women in the western world also are not aware that soy is a severe allergen. While the reaction to soy may not be as obvious as asthma attacks or hives, changes in your mental status and increased severity of mood swings are the most common side effects of soy products.

This is the most important info in this entire article:

S-Adenosyl methionine otherwise known as SAM-E.   As you can see, there are no links here. I’m not advertising for profit and I have absolutely no investment. I’m writing about it because after 13 years of dealing with doctors, pharmacists and natural food stores, I know what works.

The action SAM-E takes on your body is a naturally occurring biosynthesis that your body normally does on it’s own.  As we age, we have less of what we need so by taking it we are restoring the balance.   SAM-E synthesizes hormones and the neurotransmitters that affect mood and without using all of the harsh chemicals hospitals and medical practitioners love to prescribe for us.   You can never take too much because you can’t over dose. You may get a mild, flank headache on day 1 or 2 but it goes away and you will be a whole new person by day 3.  After week 1 you will come back and thank me.  SAM-E doesn’t just address hot flashes but it also covers the crazy mood swings and feelings of irritation.  The effects are immediate.  There are no side effects.

In the meantime…

Water – The fastest and easiest remedy to a hot flash is as simple as lifting the hair off of the back of your neck and patting it with cool tap water. If there is a fan, an a/c vent or any office equipment that moves air, if you stand with your neck to it,  allowing the air to evaporate,  your body will be sent into a natural chill.

Home made Ice Packs or Cold Compresses –  Application of ice packs is another useful home remedy for hot flashes. You can try this treatment several times a day especially in the summer. Wrap one or two ice cubes in a soft hand cloth or paper towel and apply gently on your face, neck, upper part of the chest, inner side of the wrists and elbows to get instant relief from the hotness. Apply the cold pack on the groin as well. You can also refrigerate a wash cloth and use it as per requirement.

Pop a vitamin E pill

While vitamin E is known for its antioxidant properties, it can also help your arteries work better and reduce inflammation—all of which could improve hot flashes. In an Iranian study published in Gynecological and Obstetrical Investigations in 2007, 51 women experiencing severe hot flashes took 400 IU of vitamin E every day for 4 weeks or a placebo. After a week without either vitamin E or the placebo, they switched; the vitamin E group took the placebo, and the placebo group took vitamin E. When the women took the vitamin, they had significantly fewer and less severe hot flashes, leading the researchers to conclude that vitamin E was a good option for women with hot flashes. If you decide to try vitamin E, stick to a supplement that supplies 400 IU a day; higher amounts could slightly increase your risk of dying early.

Vitamin D

To absorb calcium, your body requires vitamin D. As one ages, levels of vitamin D decline. Some sources of vitamin D are fatty fish, sunlight, low fat dairy products. Women over 50 require a minimum of 600 IU per day intake of vitamin D and women above 70 require 800 IU.

Try yoga – grab a glass of wine, turn on your favorite music, and dim the lights.

A small study in 14 postmenopausal women who were having four or more moderate-to-severe hot flashes per day found that learning eight restorative yoga poses and taking a weekly 90-minute restorative yoga class for 8 weeks led to an average one-third drop in the number of hot flashes and in their severity. Restorative yoga focuses on relaxing the body in restful postures using props such as blankets, bolsters, and straps. The poses are usually sustained for 5 to 10 minutes each, putting you in a deep state of relaxation.

Researchers think one reason for yoga’s benefits is the sense of control it provides, a sense you learn to bring to the hot flash itself. The deep relaxation that occurs with restorative yoga also engages the parasympathetic nervous system, the part of the nervous system that controls unconscious responses such as sweating. Other types of yoga, such as Bikram, have also been shown to have similar benefits.

Night Sweats;  when hot flashes strike at night –

  1.  A cooling pillow conforms to the back of your neck.  It’s made of gel.  Some of them run expensive but more affordable one can be found by searching sites like eBay.
  2. Keeping a clean cotton T-shirt next to the bed to replace a damp top can help you get comfortably back to sleep without too much disruption. You may also want to keep an extra pillow with a cotton pillowcase handy so that you can switch pillows easily. It may add to the laundry, but sleeping on a damp pillow night after night can ruin the pillow.
  3. Keep a small fan at the side of your bed next to a glass of water.  Dip your fingers in the water, touch the back of your neck and let the fan do the rest of the work.  Two minutes tops, and you will be back to sleep comfortably.

 

Do you have any, quick and easy solutions that are home remedies that I’ve missed?  Please add them in the comments section below.  Please- no drugs or synthetic hormones.  These are not safe nor are they naturally healing.

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