Hot flushes are one of the most common symptoms of menopause. Around three quarters of affected women experience this unpleasant symptom. The good news is that we can not only reduce the severity of symptoms, but also eliminate this unwanted condition.
Hot flushes are caused by a drastic reduction in the hormone oestrogen, which disrupts the hypothalamus and causes the body to “overheat”. To make it less simple and easy to get through menopause, other symptoms may appear alongside the hot flush. These can include a rapid heart rate, sweating, chills, difficulty sleeping due to night sweats, nausea, anxiety, dizziness or headaches.
Hot flushes occur one to two years before the last menstrual cycle and vary in how long they last. The range is wide, with some people experiencing symptoms for only six months and others reporting a period of 15 years.
There are many herbal remedies for hot flushes and night sweats, and many different methods can be used. For example, stress plays a major role in the development of hot flushes. It is very important to take magnesium regularly to relieve stress and anxiety, as this mineral nourishes the nervous system and reduces the frequency and intensity of hot flushes. Magnesium also detoxifies and helps with energy production. Vitamin B complex is also useful as it supports the nervous system and helps energy production.
Chinese persimmon helps to manage hot flushes, sage can be helpful in reducing excessive sweating, while wild yam balances hormones.
Diet also has an impact on the health of the body. Proper nutrition can also reduce hot flashes and other unpleasant menopausal symptoms. Whole foods, fruits and vegetables reduce inflammation in the body.
Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as oily fish, hemp seeds and flaxseeds. It is important to eat enough calcium-rich foods to maintain bone health.
Iron-rich foods should also be eaten regularly, including lean meats, fish, green leafy vegetables, nuts and other seeds.
Isoflavones or phytoestrogens can reduce the symptoms caused by reduced oestrogen. One more piece of advice: it is beneficial to avoid spicy foods, caffeine, alcohol and sugar.