Cooling Solutions for the Heat & Other Symptoms of Menopause
Those symptoms can start some four years before the final period, lasting up to ten years.
But of course not everyone suffers from severe symptoms, they can vary greatly from woman to woman.
Menopause is the name given to an “absence of periods for a year”. The average age when this happens with women is fifty one.
What are the most common of these symptoms?
- Hot flashes
- Mood swings, depression, or anxiety
- Vaginal dryness or atrophy
- Insomnia or poor sleep
But that list is not complete. There is more that can happen…
- Irregular periods: they can come and go, they can get heavier or lighter at times – sometimes for several years
- Night sweats
- Loss of sex drive
- Dry skin and hair
- Joint pain
- Brain fog or trouble with memory and concentration
- Bloating or weight gain around the abdomen or inability to lose weight
- Facial hair growth
- Changes in the uterus, ovaries as well as the cervix
- Using the bathroom more often
But it is not all gloom and doom…
There are natural remedies for menopause symptoms
Eat foods high in phytoestrogens which are naturally occurring plant compounds that can mimic the effects of estrogen in the body and help to alleviate some of the symptoms of menopause. Plant foods include legumes, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Ground flaxseed is another good suggestion.
Avoid those foods that can worsen menopause symptoms. For example, caffeine, alcohol, fatty meats and sugary or spicy foods may trigger hot flashes and other symptoms with various foods affecting women differently.
Black cohosh has been shown to relieve a multitude of menopausal symptoms. Black cohosh is also used to balance the hormone related symptoms of menopause. It is one of the best-studied traditional herbs for menopause and the most widely-used natural alternative to hormone replacement therapy.
Vitamin E can help alleviate symptoms of hot flashes in some menopausal women with a recommended daily dose of 400 IUs of natural vitamin E.
Evening primrose oil or black currant oil are both sources of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) which is an essential fatty acid that can help moderate menopausal symptoms.
Avoid environmental toxins. While natural sources of phytoestrogens can help with menopausal symptoms, synthetic estrogens known as xenoestrogens can actually make them worse. Environmental toxins are a significant source of xenoestrogens, entering our food supply through pesticides, herbicides and plastics. Hormones used in commercial livestock and milk production are another source of environmental estrogens. Eat organic and non-GMO as much as possible to help reduce these effects.
Drink plenty of water as, during menopause, women often experience dryness and bloating. If you can drink at least eight glasses of water a day, this can help with these symptoms as well as reduce bloating. Hydrating can also prevent weight gain and lead to weight loss because it helps you to feel fuller.
Weight gain is common during menopause. This is because of hormones, aging, lifestyle choices and even genetics. While diet is important, so is exercise. Choose a form of exercise that suits you whether it is walking, yoga, swimming, running or something else. Such forms of exercise will help with, reducing stress, increasing energy levels and preventing the muscle loss that can often occur during menopause.
Probably one of the most irritating symptoms to women during the menopause is hot flashes. There are ways to deal with these too!
Hot flashes and how to deal with them
Avoid taking medication. Instead follow these methods to keep cool!
- Lower the room temperature.
- Use fans when necessary.
- Dress in layers of clothing that can be easily removed.
- Eat cooling foods – think watermelon, cucumbers and more.
- Avoid triggers such as spicy foods and/or stressful situations.
- Lavender Essential Oil, used in a diffuser or made up in a spray bottle, will cool the skin and provide a relaxing aroma.
- Using vitamin E (as mentioned earlier in this post.
And what about drinking a herbal hot flash tea?
You will need:
4 parts dried sage
2 parts dried black cohosh
2 parts dried red clover
1 pinch of dried spearmint or more to taste
Raw honey (optional and to taste)
Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the herbal blend to 8 ounces of water and steep for at least thirty minutes before straining and drinking. This tea is best drunk at room temperature or chilled in order to further cool the body. Drinking two to three cups throughout the day is recommended.
One word of warning and that is to please consult your doctor before drinking this tea if you are on medications or have chronic healthy conditions.
No woman should have to put up with the discomfort of menopause symptoms when there are natural remedies to help!