Hot flashes is a common complaint among women in perimenopause. While it isn’t life threatening or scary, it can be embarrassing when it occurs during the daytime and annoying when it occurs during the night time (also known as night sweats). Typically, a hot flash attack can last up to 30 minutes and it has been known to happen as often as several times a day.
Perimenopause hot flashes take place because of the fluctuating levels of hormones in our bodies. What’s affected here are not just our sex hormones, but other hormones as well, including those that help regulate mood, body temperature, digestion, etc.
If you are suffering from perimenopause hot flashes, you’d be glad to know that there are natural home remedies that you can use to alleviate this symptom. Here’s a run down of the more common remedies for hot flashes. Before you try out any of these, it’s best to clear it with your doctor or healthcare provider.
Phytoestrogens are chemical compounds food in plants and in some food that are similar to the estrogen that’s found in our bodies. Hot flashes are symptoms caused by a lack of estrogen in the body. So if we eat food that are rich in phytoestrogens, we help the body replenish its store of estrogen and relieve the symptoms caused by a lack of it.
Food can contain phytoestrogens include soy and lentils.
Vitamin E mimics the action of estrogen in the body. This is what makes it a potent remedy to reduce and alleviate perimenopause symptoms like hot flashes.
Vitamin E an be found in various food like seeds, nuts, whole grain cereals, mangoes, dried beans, liver, and some varieties of fish like herring and mackerel. It’s also found in unprocessed vegetable oils like safflower, sesame oil and peanut oil.
Wild yam is a known antioxidant and is also effective in battling hot flashes. It helps to reduce the occurrence and the severity of hot flash episods.
Chasteberry relieves hot flashes by helping the body increase its production of progesterone. This is specially beneficial for women who experience estrogen dominant perimenopause (body is producing more estrogen that progesterone).
Endearingly termed “the woman’s herb” because of its usefulness is helping women achieve wellness, black cohosh is known to have isoflavone, a compound that mimics hormone activity in the body. It’s credited to alleviate a lot of perimenopause symptoms, including hot flashes.
Primrose oil is a good source of essential fatty acids and is known to relieve perimenopause symptoms like hot flashes.
A type of herb, the oil of the lignan flax is well known for its ability to lessen hot flashes. Aside from this, it’s also used as a topical medicine for certain skin conditions like eczema and acne. It works by removing excess estrogen in the body.
Pam Andrews is a perimenopause survivor. She had been in perimenopause for about 8 to 11 years (depending on when you start counting) before she officially “graduated” from it. During that time, she was able to carry on raising her 2 kids, keep her job as a magazine writer, and enjoy scuba diving.
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If you are suffering from any of these symptoms and are very concerned about the side effects of using drugs for these symptoms, you’ll be glad to know that there are natural home remedies that you can use to alleviate your symptoms. A complete guide is available in the book Perimenopause: Have It, Live It, Love It!