What to Take For Hot Flashes
Natural Alternatives for Relief
If you have ever experienced a hot flash no one need to tell you just how frustrating, embarrassing, unpredictable and worrisome they can be.
If you are a menopausal woman and experiencing hot flashes you may be seeking a natural alternative to Hormone Replacement Therapy or HRT. So, the question remains what to take for hot flashes.
A study sponsored¬† by the National Institutes of Health, suspects HRT treatment as posing serious health risks such as an increase in breast cancer, strokes, blood clots, Alzheimer‚Äôs disease and total cardiovascular disease; as a result, many women are seeking alternatives to HRT.
One of the common symptoms of menopause and perimenopause is hot flashes.¬† With hot flashes comes a sensation of intense heat with sweating and usually heat palpitation.¬† One hot flash may last for a brief period or up to 30 minutes.
Extreme hot flashes, during bed time, may make it difficult to sleep throughout the night which may lead to insomnia. Note, estrogen is typically lowest at night. By now you may be asking,¬†¬† ‚Äúso what are some natural alternatives to HRT.‚ÄĚ
Before I answer the question of what to take, let‚Äôs begin with a list of what you¬† may want to avoid.
Some of¬† the foods you may want to avoid to lessen hot flashes are caffeine, hot drinks, chocolate, alcohol and spicy foods.
Now here are some suggestions for what to take for hot flashes:
1.)¬†¬† Vitamin rich foods. Consume a diet rich in fruits and veggies, organic¬† and fresh when possible
2.)¬†¬†¬† Vitamins B and C. Hot flashes can deplete the body of calcium and Vitamin B¬† & C
3.)¬†¬†¬† Vitamin E supplement. Reportedly, vitamin E taken in mega doses has lessened hot flashes
4.)¬†¬†¬† Evening primrose oil.¬† Reduces hot flashes and promotes restful sleep
5.)¬†¬†¬† Damiana. Used to treat a whole range of conditions including hot flashes
6.)¬†¬†¬† Licorice root.¬† The components in licorice, reportedly, change the¬† chemicals that produce¬†¬† estrogen in a woman‚Äôs body
7.)¬†¬†¬† Ginseng- Ginseng is considered an adaptogen bring imbalanced bodies¬† and their chemistry¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† into¬†¬† balance.
8.)¬†¬†¬† Sarsaparilla. The flavoring used in natural root beer to give it that¬† distinctive taste.
9.)¬†¬†¬† Magnesium. Essential for the absorption of calcium
10.) Calcium- Adequate calcium is essential if you experience hot flashes
11.) Black Cohosh. Used by Native Americans for female conditions
12.) Red Clover. Commonly used to reduce the discomfort of hot flashes
Herbs come in various forms, capsule, dry herbs, extract and tablet. You will want to ¬† consult with your health practitioner to determine which form would be more effective for you.
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NOTE: Prior to consuming any herbs for hot flashes, I suggest you do your research and check with a health practitioner to make sure the herb is right for you.