It is summer in sunny South Africa and it is HOT outside. This is not great news for the ladies out there who are going through menopause.
As we all know, one of the main symptoms and effects of menopause is something called “hot flashes”. These tend to get much worse during the warm summer months. And they are not something you want to be dealing with during your summer holiday at the beach!
What causes hot flashes?
The main cause of hot flashes, as it is with most other menopausal symptoms, is a decrease in estrogen in the body. This is something that happens naturally during menopause, as menstrual cycles come to a complete halt.
These changes in hormone levels also affect the part of the brain that is responsible for body-heat regulation. This is why hot flashes are also accompanied by profuse sweating.
So how can you make sure that you stay cool when the hot flashes hit you?
Some simple changes in the way that you do things can go a long way. Let’s look at 9 ways you can fight hot flashes…
- Shed a few kilograms
Women who are overweight, especially those who are obese, are more likely to have hot flashes. Hot flashes also tend to happen more regularly for these women and are usually more intense.
- Get enough exercise
Getting at least 30 minutes of exercise per day can help to lower the chance of having hot flashes severely.
- Stop smoking
If you are a smoker, this is the perfect motivation to quit. Smoking can increase the likelihood and severity of hot flashes in menopausal women.
- Cut down on alcohol
Drinking less alcohol can help to reduce menopause symptoms like hot flashes. It is also of great benefit to your overall health.
- Dress smart
Instead of wearing one thick coat, rather be smart about layering so that it easy to shed a layer or two when you feel a hot flash starting.
Also, opt for lightweight materials that wick away moisture.
- Cool down your surroundings
Lower the heat of your environment whenever possible. Use a fan, air-conditioner, or open a window during the day or at night to help keep yourself cool.
- Keep a cold drink at your side
A tall glass of iced water or unsweetened iced tea is a great way to help cool your body from the inside. Make sure to always have something cold to drink nearby, and steer clear of sugary drinks – these can make things worse.
- Beware of potential triggers
There are certain things that may trigger your hot flashes. Keep a lookout for these, and once you have identified which ones cause you to have hot flashes, stay away from them.
Common triggers include alcohol, caffeine, and spicy food.
- Use natural supplements to relieve hot flashes
As research is quite clear on the cause of menopause and the reason for the hot flushes and sweating, we recommend that you take the safe option and choose the Manna Menopause Support supplement to help increase estrogen the natural way. Phyto-estrogens are not hormones and therefore there is no risk.
It helps to relieve hot flashes by tackling the root of the problem, not only by treating the symptoms.