Picture this: You’re sitting at work in an important meeting. You can hardly pay attention because you’re trying bloody hard not to start pouring sweat into your uncomfortable chair. Maybe you take a drink of coffee to try and keep your focus and energy- but then the sweat won’t listen anymore. It starts beading up on your forehead, and drenching your back + pits. You can FEEL your face turning red and blotchy. Meanwhile. . .everyone else around you is wrapped up in sweaters and trying not to freeze their ass-cheeks off because the office is so cold from over-doing it on the A/C. What gives?
Well, while your situation might not be the same, and perhaps this sweat is waking you up at night and bugging you during the day- you KNOW this isn’t normal.
Hot flashes are commonly thought of as a “normal” part of going through perimenopause and menopause, it’s not! It is typical, but it is not normal.
The good news is you can break the cycle easily with natural remedies if you put your Mensa-mind to it! Below I’ve shared my favourite remedies for hot flashes.
Dress in Layers
Water, Water, Water
Keep yourself hydrated. This helps your hormones to balance, your detox organs to shed toxins and cool water could help ease some of the heat coming off of your thang! Think of drinking your bodyweight in ounces everyday.
Who the heck wants a hot tea when they’ve got a hot flash? Don’t worry- that’s not necessarily what I’m suggesting here. I’ve created a Hot Flash Tea, which can be brewed in advance, and enjoyed hot or COLD. Using a tea like this with medicinal herbs that are specifically targeted for hot flashes and other menopausal concerns is a really EASY and delicious way of creating Happy Hormones. Use the Hot Flash Tea or find another formula (without added flavourings and crap) and enjoy is every day to see the most benefit.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant, which is great news for menopause. Oxidative stress (from toxins, environmental pollutants, disease, poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, etc.) is often a concern when you experience bothersome symptoms of menopause like hot flashes and night sweats. Taken as a mixed tocopherols supplement (make sure you get this form!!) at about 200IU to 400IU daily could improve the situation.
You could also include a bunch of vitamin E foods in your diet daily, like sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach, swiss chard, avocado, turnip greens, beet greens, mustard greens and asparagus.
Stress increases oxidative stress- remember what we said about that and it’s connection to hot flashes? Beyond this, stress robs us of our sex hormones, because all the hormone building-blocks go to make more stress hormones, not more estrogen and progesterone which are already lower as you move through menopause. Seriously- stop making excuses, and do some shit to feel zen. This is more important to your hot flashes than anything else in this article.
Commit to doing (even for 5 minutes) some kind of self-care practice every single day. Examples include gardening, spending time in nature, reading, taking a hot bath, chatting with friends, meditation, yoga, journalling, affirmations, joining a local interest group, and the list goes on. There are literally THOUSANDS of things you can do- find what helps you feel calm and grounded, and do it daily.