Menopause Supplements: Hot Flashes Remedy That Works
Hot flashes are caused by fluctuating estrogen hormone levels and not a deficiency in estrogen hormone as many women are led to believe.
Hormone fluctuations may in fact begin several years BEFORE menopause and continue for many years AFTERWARD!
The frequency and severity often differs from one woman to the next, however all women who have experienced them will likely agree that they can be embarrassing, troublesome and annoying.
Many women will describe a hot flash as an internal heat that begins in the upper chest area and quickly radiates up through the neck, face and head area.
Night sweats occur during sleep and may interrupt sleep (causing insomnia) as a woman wakes up to find her body and bed linens dampened with sweat.
Interestingly, the actual reason for having hot flashes isn’t really understood. Some Naturopathic doctors believe that night sweats may be linked to adrenal exhaustion and hot flashes may be a symptom of liver dysfunction.
Common triggers of hot flashes:
A few of the common food triggers that have been associated with bringing on a hot flash are caffeine, alcohol, and spicy foods.
Emotions such as anger, frustration and/or stress can also trigger hot flashes.
Excess body fat also plays an important role. Being overweight and/or obese has been shown to increase episodes of hot flashes.
Common Remedies For Hot Flashes:
Regular exercise and keeping the body well hydrated also seems to have a positive effect in reducing hot flashes.
| “To avoid hot flashes, try eating a salty snack right before going to bed. Also, a small carbohydrate snack such as fruit, fruit juice, or crackers will help keep blood sugar up and cortisol down as the night progresses…”
Lita Lee, The Enzyme Cure
In the past, HRT (hormone replacement therapy) was often prescribed for hot flashes and menopause symptoms, however because of the increased health risks that have recently been found to be associated with hormone replacement therapy, more women are looking for natural remedies as opposed to synthetic drugs as a healthier alternative.
Here are a few simple ideas that you can try to help offset menopausal hot flashes:
- Dress in layers so that you can easily remove a layer if necessary.
- If you feel the onset of a hot flush, drink an ice cold glass of water immediately. It helps cool core temperature.
- Use bed linens made from breathable materials like light cottons or cool silks…here’s a reason to pamper yourself
- Sleep in a cool room with an open window or a ceiling fan.
- Keep a hot flash diary. Record each hot flash then correlate it to what you just ate or what activity you were just doing. Often this is a good way to better learn what your personal triggers are and how to avoid them.
- Supplement with Omega-3/DHA Fish Oil. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to be effective in helping to control the occurrence of hot flashes and balance hormones.
- Eat more foods that are rich in phytoestrogens. Soy, edamame, tofu, flax and other seeds, various beans and even olive oil are good examples of phytoestrogen rich foods.
Natural Menopause Supplements: Hot Flashes Remedy From Nature
There are several natural remedies for hot flashes available today, but one that’s truly effective and/or doesn’t have unpleasant or dangerous side effects is hard to find.
It’s the fluctuation of estrogen levels that trigger symptoms like hot flashes, hot flushes and night sweats and naturally the best hot flashes remedy comes from nature itself.
Red Clover is a particularly effective natural herbal remedy for hot flushes as it’s also rich in phytoestrogens.
Natural Menopause Supplements Hot Flashes Remedy: Red Clover Extract
Red Clover in particular has been found to be a very effective remedy for hot flashes and actually does double duty as it helps to both balance and offset the natural decline in estrogen levels.
It’s one of the most effective hot flashes remedy available today, but it’s been with us for centuries and has quite a long history.
In fact it was known to have been used by native healers hundreds of years ago for its medicinal properties. The leaves and flowers were often boiled and used as a tonic.
Today, researchers have found that it is a key source of isoflavones, a type of phytoestrogen which behaves similarly to estrogen in the body making it a very effective soy menopause supplement as well for women who prefer to take a soy menopause supplement.
| “The “hot flashes” that some menopausal women experience are significantly reduced in some who consume soy products and/or soy isoflavone supplements. These benefits have been demonstrated in randomized, double-blind studies.”
Sheldon Saul Hendle and David Rorvik – PDR For Nutritional Supplements
It’s the best herbal supplement for menopause I’ve found personally, and I recommend it (along with Women’s Total Balance) to clients because I know it works.
Xtend Life Natural Products are formulated using only the highest quality standardized extracts.
They are designed to work together synergistically, meaning one supplement will also compliment and support the other, without creating too much or too little of any one important nutrient.
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