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5 Ways to ease hot flashes (flushes) and other menopause symptoms

About 18 months ago I remember waking up completely soaked from head to toe. I thought I had wet the bed but my hair was damp and I knew that could not be the case. I didn’t know what was wrong. I got out of bed changed my clothes and tried to fall asleep. Before dozing off a thought crept into my mind “Maybe I’m pregnant”.  At almost 50 years of age that thought did not appeal to me in the slightest. The pregnant thought came up because with both of my pregnancies I remembered experiencing night sweats during the first trimester. 

Shortly after this experience, which I would later come to learn was peri menopausal night sweats, I came to experience a whole host of other menopausal symptoms. Needless to say that started me on an obsessive journey to find out more about all things Menopause or Pause as I like to call it. I was committed to finding ways to ease discomfort for myself and other women during menopause.

Menopause has no cure, it’s a phase that every women will go through if they are fortunate enough to live long enough. Hot Flashes (hot flushes) or night sweats are probably the most common symptoms of about 100 symptoms and counting.

There are certain foods that trigger hot flashes (hot flushes) and night sweats. In my case I noticed a sense of relief when I avoided a glass of wine or spicy food close to bedtime. Your experience might be different. The only way to find out is by trying.

Before testing out any of these options it is important to journal your experiences in a notebook or on your phone. This will help you to notice the changes and if it is working for you or not.

Triggers

  1. Spicy Food
  2. Caffeine
  3. Alcohol
  4. Sugar
  5. Smoking

My goal is to provide you with various natural holistic methods to alleviate your symptoms.  It is always safest to begin with the least invasive lifestyle change to alleviate your symptoms, however this is a hormonal issue and if your symptoms are severe and affecting your everyday life it might be advisable to speak with your physician and see the options she/he can provide. Coming soon is a blog post about how to be your own health advocate when approaching your doctor about your menopause symptoms.

I would love to hear from you. Try this and let me know if it worked for you. 

To Your Vibrant Health!

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P.S. I’d also love for you to join the Private FB group, Pause where we discuss all things menopause in a safe and private setting. Click here to join us!

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