Say it in front of women nearing or over-40 and watch them cringe. I mean, we’ve heard about them our whole lives. If you’re already experiencing them, then you understand why those words are cringe-worthy. (“Why no, honey, I haven’t wet the bet. I’m just having night sweats and hot flashes. Isn’t it sexy?”) But, get this, you don’t even have to be in menopause to experience hot flashes. They show up in perimenopause and premenopause, too, which can happen as early as mid- to late-thirties for some women.
Hot flashes, or that sudden flushing of heat in the body, is the most common symptom of any menopause phase. According to WebMD, two-thirds of premenopausal U.S. women will suffer from hot flashes and almost all of menopausal women suffer from them.
So, what can you do for relief?
Hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, may be necessary for some women. However, because they can carry serious side effects, many women are trying to move away from HRT and are searching for more natural remedies.
There are more natural, homeopathic treatments that many believe may help you for your hot flashes.
Asian women have low symptoms during menopause and it is believed to be due to soy in their diets. Soy lecithin is believed to help with hot flashes and other menopause symptoms.
Made from a cuttlefish, this derivation of sepia ink (yep) helps women who have those pesky hot flashes and drenching night sweats accompanied by chills. It is said to work by restoring hormone imbalance and can also combating depression.
If you’re experiencing hot flashes with anxiety symptoms like heart palpitations and dizziness, check out phosphorus. It is already present in our body, but phosphorus can also be found in asparagus, bran, corn, dairy products, eggs, fish, dried fruit, garlic, legumes, nuts, sesame, sunflower, pumpkin seeds, meats, poultry, salmon, and whole grains.
This post is provided as informational only and does not replace medical recommendations. Please check with your health care professional prior to starting any new regimens.