Hot flashes in menopause and how to alleviate them?

What are hot flashes during menopause and how long do they lasts?

Hot flashes in menopause affect nearly 85 percent of middle-aged women. Unfortunately, the sudden hot flushes do not circumvent young people, which is more noticeable in the past few decades. Mentioned problems can very much impair the quality of life, but do not despair, for the solution do the following.

Women who face a very unpleasant symptoms are advised drinks based on medicinal plants. Read on to learn how to relieve hot flashes in menopausal women using hops, sage and red clover. Stay tuned.

What you need to know about hot flushes

Menopause usually occurs between 45 and 55 years of age after 12-month absence of menstruation. Some of the first symptoms that accompany it are hot flashes and night sweats. These sudden heat waves cause blush and sweat, and rapid heartbeat can also occur.

The exact cause of their occurrence is not known even today. The doctors believe that hot flashes in menopause are the result of the expansion of blood vessels due to falling of estrogen levels. The most common symptom of this condition is night sweats in women, which cause nervousness, insomnia and irritability. However, proper nutrition, especially towards the end of the day, can significantly reduce hot flashes at night to improve sleep quality.

Factors that increase hot flashes
  • Smoking cigarettes.
  • Caffeine and sipping a large quantity of coffee during the day.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Everyday stress.
  • Elevated blood sugar.
  • Overeating especially late in the evening.
  • Tight shoes and clothing made of synthetic materials.

How long do hot flashes in menopause last?

Sudden heat waves can last only 30 seconds, and 15-20 minutes as individually. Sometimes they occur only at the beginning of menopause, or last for the entire period, however, the fact is that over time, however they tend to get weaker.

What is optimistic with regard to hot flushes are the latest scientific theories of American experts. According to it women who had hot flashes, significantly less frequently have cardiovascular problems. The test was performed on 60,000 subjects. It was concluded that hot flashes in menopausal women reduce later risks of heart attack and stroke.

How to alleviate hot flashes in menopausal women using diet

Hot flashes in menopause can be significantly mitigated if you eat foods rich in phytoestrogens. These are really valuable plant hormones that contain substances similar to the female sex hormone estrogen. As a result they can imitate its work. Mitigate the problems associated with a woman during menopause.

Additionally, they can prevent the consequences to the female body due to the lack of the hormone estrogen. The most common symptom is osteoporosis (brittleness of the bones), but there are also cardiovascular diseases. Furthermore, phytoestrogens have an important role in regulating body weight, the lowering of LDL cholesterol and achieve elasticity.

There are three major groups of phytoestrogens: isoflavonoids, lignans and coumestans.
  1. The best sources of isoflavonoids are legumes like soy, lentils, peas and beans.
  2. Lignans include cereals, fruits and vegetables. They are mostly found in flax seeds, wheat, wheat, barley, hops and rice.
  3. Sprouts are the best known source of coumestans.

Hot flashes in women occur more frequently if people sit a lot, smoke cigarettes and are overweight. With proper food choices and more exercise, you will avoid this unpleasant waves of heat and sweating in the menopause.

Hormone therapy in menopause

The symptoms of menopause accompanied by hot flushes occur in almost 8 out of 10 women in the fifth and sixth decade of life. However a small number of members of the fairer sex, opts for hormonal therapy. Why is it like that? Primarily because of fear of possible consequences - such as breast cancer.

Often, when you have hot flashes in menopausal women most of them decides to put up with these problems.

Definitely it should not always be so, as a cure for hot flashes is here, and one of them is physical activity. This does not mean some aggressive approach to training (gym, zumba dance) and the like. Just a daily walk, ride a bike and do light aerobic exercise. Besides you will alleviate the problems, you will feel much better about yourself.

Experts say that the waves of heat and sweating are more intense in women who spend a lot of time in the sitting position. Therefore, physical activity is essential because it reduces the existing symptoms of menopause.

Hot flashes in menopause

Also, many plants that are the source of phytoestrogens may help women, as was discussed earlier.

How to treat hot flashes in menopause in a natural way

If hot flashes symptoms are already present, there are many natural remedies to relieve the pain. Here is what herbalists recommend.

The powerful sage relieves symptoms

In almost all the manuals for the medicinal plants sage is mentioned as one of the best medicines for all women ills. Especially prized is tea against hot flashes in menopausal women.

Sage is rich in phytoestrogens, which mitigate the hormonal imbalance and effectively soothe hot flashes. It can be used as a tincture (half a teaspoon a day is taken).

With it a mild tea with the addition of anise is recommended, here is how to make it:
  • Mix 300 g of sage and 100 g of anise, three tablespoons of mixture pour with 5 dl of boiling water. The infusion should be covered to stand for at least an hour. After that strain and drink. Dose sage tea with anise three times a day (2 decilitres). 

Create wine with sage
  • Two tablespoons of dried sage pour in a litre of white wine and let it stand for ten days. Strain the wine and drink half a cup twice a day, before lunch and dinner.

St. John's Wort soothes the nerves

In addition to helping in the case of hot flashes, night sweats and insomnia, St. John's wort relieves depression and anxiety. If you are not available to acquire fresh herbs, in consultation with the doctor supplements can be used. They are best purchased at pharmacies. Do not use then on your own, especially if you are taking antidepressants.

Top mixture to relieve hot flashes
  • Mix 50 grams of primrose, 25 grams of lavender flowers and 10 g of St. John's wort. Take 2 teaspoons of the mixture and pour 2.5 decilitres of boiling water. Cover it and after 30 minutes, strain, sweeten with honey and drink in the evening.

Hot flashes in menopause are much easier to manage with these natural drinks.

Prevent sweating during sleep with red clover

Like Sage this herb is an excellent source of phytoestrogens. It is used in the form of tea and 4 g of dry flower in three divided doses. Already after a short period hot flashes in menopausal women are less thick, and sweating during sleep is completely absent.

It is considered that red clover could prevent the deterioration of the cardiovascular system and bones. These problems tend to occur in many women after menopause.

In consultation with your doctor, you should use preparations of red clover-based isoflavones. Dosage: 40-86 mg a day. However, this plant cannot be used in the case of hormone-dependent tumours.

Eat garlic regularly

There are few diseases and ailments for which garlic is not mentioned as a medicine. It found its place in the treatment of hot flashes, thanks to its phytoestrogens characteristics.

Regular use of cloves, one day can balance hormones in the body, thus preventing hot flashes. It is best to eat it fresh, but it can be used in cooked form.

Unavoidable lettuce

A portion of lettuce a day, but also other fresh vegetables, can help you with unforeseen hot flashes. Vegetables rich in vitamin C should be a mandatory part of your daily diet. This vitamin has anti-inflammatory properties which stabilizes the hormones.

In addition, it helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels, which is also useful in combating hot flashes.
Tea against hot flashes that you have to try

We have already discussed how hot flashes during menopause can disrupt the quality of life. Fortunately, there are herbal preparations, especially teas that will significantly reduce the problem. Among them is the tea of ​​hops. Learn more about its benefits and health benefits.

Hops is considered the strongest natural estrogen, but its effect was noted in the medical literature in the 18th century. Furthermore phytoestrogens preparations based hops are relatively new and unknown. Although it is the main ingredient of beer, in the case of hot flashes it is not recommended to use alcohol.

Much better to use a medicinal tea or a product based on the hop, which is available in pharmacies.

The recipe for tea
  • One tablespoon of hops flowers cover with full cup of boiling water. Cover and set aside more than twenty minutes. After strain, according to your wishes sweeten with honey and drink slowly in sips. If you have night sweats, it is best to drink lukewarm 30 min. before bedtime

Phenomenal black cohosh

Doctors in Europe for decades for the symptoms of menopause prescribe products based on black cohosh. This plant in most women effectively reduces hot flashes. Outstanding is the hormone replacement estrogen.

Black cohosh contains several mild phytoestrogens, but also acts as an antidepressant, which helps eliminate the symptoms of menopause. Its effect are already visible after a few weeks of use.

Do not forget mint tea (mint)

This drink refreshes and has a cooling effect, and helps when they are hot flashes in menopausal occur. It eliminates nervousness, tension and allows you light sleep. It should be drunk regularly, and be prepared in a following way:
  • Scoop dry plants and pour with a cup of hot water (not boiling). After ten minutes, strain it and drink warm, preferably at bedtime.

Hot flashes experiences of our readers
With me hot flashes in menopause occurred very early, even when I was 40 years old. I was not aware of what was happening to me. It started with night sweats and later resumed and at work. Probably all noticed how I behaved strangely, "take off your shirt while training," "shut up and untie your hair." All this was repeated several times. Also, the partner could see that I was quite tense and nervous. 
I admit to myself I was strange, hot flashes also occurred before my period. Intuitively I knew that it was early menopause. I turned to my doctor, who confirmed it and I started the treatment. For the miracle hormone therapy was not recommended, but mild herbal remedies. 
Everything I bought in pharmacies and herbal teas I bought exclusively in bulk. I corrected my nutrition and changed my attitude towards physical activities. Regular bike ride, and with it go to Pilates and swimming pool. I feel much better! J. N. 

A few tips for the end

Hot flashes in menopause are not pleasant, but if you could facilitate existing problems listen to a few more tips.
  1. Eat more frequent and smaller meals. Keep to at least two snacks a day.
  2. Start your day with a bowl of cereal, it will help in raising the serotonin, the hormone of happiness. Makes it easier to go through the entire period of menopause, which may be accompanied by bad mood, and even depression.
  3. Drink plenty of water and mild unsweetened teas.
  4. Dress in layers and wear cotton clothing only.
  5. Avoid strong spices, caffeine and alcohol, especially in the evening.
  6. Do not eat dinner late and let the last daily meal be easily digestible. Make fruit shake and make an excellent choice for dinner.
  7. Walk, ride a bike and practice every day, at least half an hour.
  8. Reduce your body weight if you are overweight.
  9. If you have hypertension, it is important to regulate blood pressure by means of the prescribed therapy.

Interesting fact: Although it is more common in women, hot flashes in men are no longer a novelty, but occur rarely. Also they cause hormonal disorders and lack of testosterone later in life. Therapies to be administered in cases of prostate cancer can cause unpleasant hot flashes.