Hot flashes as a result of menopause are not due to disease, so there is really no “cure”, per se. But, there are many things you can do to tolerate, lessen or even eliminate the problem. Many women (and their patient significant other!) want to know how to cure hot flashes.
One of my clients has been suffering from hot flashes (hot flushes) for about 6 months now. She will all of a sudden have a hot “moment” when she starts to sweat. She will take off her sweater or coat, fan herself, and wait until it passes. She calls these hot flashes, “my private summers”, so she is a good sport about it. She found a wonderful way to lessen her symptoms. More on that a bit later.
But, to be frank, hot flashes can be miserable, especially at night when you are trying to sleep. Many report that they have sleepless nights where they toss and turn due to intense sweating. But, the good news is that there are things you can do to improve or even eliminate the situation.
What Causes Hot Flashes?
Hot flashes are caused by menopause, mainly. Other hormonal conditions can also cause hot flashes. The exact reason(s) for hot flashes is still unknown, but there are many theories. One is that during menstruation, your body discharges toxins. When your menstrual cycle slows down or stops, your body will use another way to get rid of toxins. Sweat and hot flashes help the body to do this.
Did you know that your diet can have a lot to do with hot flashes? In fact, women in places like China or Korea rarely experience discomfort from hot flashes. This is because of their diet. In fact, did you know that there is no Japanese word for “hot flashes”? They eat more vegetable protein and less animal protein. Also, their diet is low in fat and high in soy.
Food That Help With Hot Flashes
Eat more calcium in your diet, along with foods rich in vitamin E like nuts, green leafy vegetables, and whole grains. Also, sea vegetables (like seaweed) are rich in minerals and really help.
Also, drink plenty of water because water will replace all the fluids you lose through sweating.
Foods To Avoid To Prevent Hot Flashes
Alcohol, lots of sugar, caffeine, dairy, meat and spicy foods aggravate hot flash conditions. Drink more fresh vegetable juices, and increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables instead.
What Activites Help Control Or Eliminate Hot Flashes?
Regular exercise can help enormously. Also, look at your lifestyle habits. If you smoke, stopping will help not only hot flashes but your overall health as well.
A steam bath will cause you to sweat and get rid of toxins in your body, and this will help reduce hot flashes. A sauna will do the same thing.
It is important to keep a regular flow of air through your home or office, if possible.
Honey And Sage Leaves Remedy For Hot Flashes
Sage leaves have been found to be excellent in controlling hot flashes. Many women are rejecting hormone replacement therapy and are seeking natural relief from hot flashes. Sage is an excellent option because it is a safe source of estrogen.
Honey is also excellent for hot flashes because usually at night, hot flashes prevent a good night’s sleep. Honey, before bedtime, has a tranquilizing affect, and it contributes to overall health and well-being.
So, below is an awesome tea to help with your hot flashes. My client tried it and now uses this remedy regularly. Here’s what you do:
Honey Sage Tea
2 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoons lemon juice
8 fresh sage leaves or about 1 teaspoon dried sage
Make this tea before bed for three nights, then once every few days thereafter. Use about 8 large fresh sage leaves, and if you don’t have fresh, use 1 teaspoon of dried sage. Pour a cup of boiling water over the leaves and let it steep for about 5 minutes. Strain. Add the honey and lemon juice. Enjoy!
For all you hot flash sufferers out there, realize that this condition is not a disease but a chapter in your life. Know that you can do many things to help lessen your problem. You don’t have to suffer in silence. How to cure hot flashes is a subject that should be talked about more, in my opinion.
This period in your life can be extremely liberating for you and a blessing, although it might not seem to be so at the moment. Embrace it and before long, it will have passed 🙂