More than 50 million women in the US alone are in some stage of menopause and as much as 80% of those women are suffering from hot flashes and nausea. Thats why menopause has become a multi billion dollar industry.
Hot flashes and nausea can be treated several different ways but it all begins with eliminating the hot flash itself, because the nausea is a result of the unexpected increase in the body’s core temperature.
When a hot flash occurs often the skin becomes blotchy or red, perspiration increase, the heartbeats rapidly, nausea occurs, and then as it ends chills set in.
Here are some simple approaches to reducing hot flashes and nausea and they are all related to lifestyle and natural remedies.
1. Stay away from stimulants such as caffeine, spicy foods, alcohol that can all trigger hot flashes. Did you know that spicy foods are a major trigger? Excessive caffeine works as a diuretic, which causes the loss of magnesium, and calcium, which can trigger a hot flash and nausea.
2. If you want to avoid hot flashes and nausea one of the easiest things to do is remove refined sugar from your diet. Refined sugar can also make you moody and since during menopause moodiness is even more prominent, don’t you want to do what you can to stay on an even keel?
4. When you wake at night from hot flashes and nausea the sooner you can bring your body temperature down the faster both will pass. You can do this by having a cold wet cloth on your night table. Immediately place it on the back of your neck to start to bring down your body temperature. If you have a window you can open do that too.
5. There are several herbal supplements on the market that can help eliminate or reduce hot flashes and nausea. Black Cohosh is one of those. Magnesium and flax seed oil is also recommended. Magnesium will also benefit your bones and heart health, and help you get a good night sleep.
6. Its a fact that the thinner you are the less likely you are to have intense hot flashes and nausea. Studies have shown that estrogen fluctuation increases with what you weigh, and so does your risk of breast cancer and uterine cancer.
7. If you smoke, stop! Smoking increases the number of hot flashes and nausea. Besides increased flushing, smoking has plenty of other risks and as your estrogen levels drop those risks grow.
8. You can reduce the number of hot flashes and nausea by layering. Layer your bedding and layer your PJs too so that you can quickly strip down or cover up as the need occurs.
Hot flashes and nausea are a side effect of menopause that many women experience. You can often reduce or eliminate them all together with these eight simple steps.
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