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15 of the Best Ways to Stop Night Sweats and Hot Flashes (#2 is Amazing!)
Ladies, if those annoying hot flashes and night sweats have you feeling like you are going to lose your mind, we have some real solutions for you.
About 85 percent of women who go through menopause will experience hot flashes and night sweats. The decrease in the amount of estrogen that your body is making is the main culprit behind these uncomfortable symptoms.
You will want to avoid hormone replacement therapy at all costs. A clinical trial published in July of 2002 by the National Institute of Health found that these artificial hormones greatly increase the risk of blood clots, strokes, breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
Night sweats and hot flashes vary from woman to woman, so if you are having them only once or twice a week or just once or if you are experiencing them every few hours, both of these, and everything in between, is perfectly normal. As time passes, your hot flashes and night sweats will decrease, which is the good news, but we hear you. Right now you are shouting “What do I do right now?!”
First, take comfort in knowing that you are not alone and that your body, which might feel like aliens took it over, will return to a new normal. This adjustment period is temporary, even if it is uncomfortable.
Second, take a few minutes to read this article and find out the best ways you can find some natural relief from those, oh so annoying symptoms.
Not everything works for everyone so if one method doesn’t pan out for you, try another one. The following list of 15 ways to find relief from hot flashes and night sweats has been used and reported by millions of women to have given them relief from their symptoms. One of them is bound to work for you!
1. Vitamin E
You might be wondering how one simple vitamin can make a difference. Vitamin E can because it contains estrogen, which can almost immediately eliminate or at least reduce the severity of hot flashes. It also replace the electrolytes that you lose during night sweats One study, done at the Tarbiat Modarres University in Tehran, found that when 54 subjects were given 400 IU of vitamin E over several weeks, that there was a dramatic reduction in the severity of their hot flashes. Take one 200 IU capsule twice each day to help reduce your night sweats and hot flashes. You can also include plenty of nuts and tropical fruits in your diet to increase your levels of vitamin E. It might take some women two or three weeks before they see results, so be patient.
This method has really worked for thousands, perhaps millions, of women around the world. One study, published in the journal Menopause, found that after only ten acupuncture treatments, the 267 women in this study had far fewer episodes of hot flashes and night sweats. All the women in this study also stated that they had less overall pain and slept better. Another study found that after just 7 weeks of acupuncture the severity of night sweats for all the women in this test were reduced by 28 percent, compared with a mere 6 percent of those who received fake acupuncture treatment. Get two treatments each week for 6 to 10 weeks from an experienced, qualified acupuncturist and see if your symptoms improve. This works for many women and has been used for centuries.
3. Improve the Flow
The air flow we mean! Keep a mini-fan in your purse for those unexpected tropical moments during the day and create the best possible air flow in your home and bedroom to help keep you cool. Direct fans over your bed, open the windows and keep some ice water at hand at all times to help keep you cool when those hot flashes strike.
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4. Black Cohosh
This is one of the most popular methods of controlling hot flashes and night sweats. Black cohosh contains estrogenic components, which can help to correct the imbalance of hormones that are the cause of most hot flashes. This will help to naturally balance your estrogen levels and make you feel more comfortable without relying on dangerous HR therapy.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
Relief from hot flashes might be as close as your kitchen cabinet. Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar can help to remove the toxins that the body is trying to remove via perspiration. This can reduce the frequently and intensity of both hot flashes and night sweats. Add one tablespoon of organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a glass of water, vegetable juice, or fruit juice and drink twice a day.
6. B Vitamins
B vitamins, such as B2, B3, B5, B6, and B12 help to regulate the estrogen and progesterone hormones in the body. B vitamins also help to keep the membranes of the vagina healthy. B12 is especially good for relief from depression, relieving anxiety attacks, and improving appetite. B vitamins work best in combination with each other, which is why you will frequently see them sold together. Take a B vitamin complex supplement and eat more foods that contain B vitamins such as milk, eggs, fish, bananas, sunflower seeds, nuts, peas, turkey, and green leafy vegetables.
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Soy, and foods made from soy, such as tofu and soy milk, can balance hormone levels. Soy also has estrogenic compounds, which can give the body some plant estrogens, reducing night sweats and hot flashes. One meta-analysis of more than 19 studies, which was published in the journal Menopause in 2012, showed that soy isoflavones supplements can help relieve these annoying symptoms over time. Try consuming two servings of soy each day. This means having seven ounces of tofu, half a cup of edamame, or two glass of soy milk.
8. Primrose Oil
Primrose oil is another old fashioned remedy that can help to reduce night sweats and hot flashes. Some women find that applying primrose oil on the body each evening helps to reduce the frequency of night sweats. Another popular remedy is to take primrose oil supplements each day.
9. Aloe Vera
Regular consumption of aloe vera gel is another natural way that some women find helps to relieve hot flashes and night sweats. Consume fresh aloe vera gel as directed on the label. Aloe vera provides plant estrogens, which can help reduce these annoying symptoms.
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10. Flax Seeds
Flax seeds are another natural substance that are high in phytoestrogens, which makes these another good solution for hot flashes. The Mayo Clinic conducted a study in 2007 which had 29 women consume 1.5 ounces of crushed flax seed each day over a 6 week study period. At the end of the study, all of the women stated that their hot flashes were reduced by 50 percent and the severity of their symptoms dropped by about 57 percent. Flax seeds will also help to reduce chills, improve your mood, and reduce joint pain. Flax seeds must be ground to release their active ingredients. Try to add 1.5 ounces of flax seeds to your food each day.
This is an age-old remedy for hot flashes and night sweats. Sage tea can actually go a long way towards reducing the symptoms of hot flashes. Sage contains tannins and flavonoids that encourage overall health. Drink two or three cups of sage tea each to reduce night sweats and hot flashes.
12. Red Clover
The University of Maryland Medical Center states that red clover is an effective herbal remedy for both night sweats and hot flashes. This herb has plant isoflavones that act like estrogen in the body. Drink three cups of red clover tea each day.
Please note that red clover can interact with other medications so speak to your doctor before consuming this herb if you are taking any prescription medications.
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13. Licorice Root
This is another old fashioned herbal remedy for these common menopause symptoms. Licorice root is generally consumed as a tea but you can also consume supplements. Drink two or three cups of this type of tea each day for best results or consume the supplements according to directions.
Basil tea can also help to reduce hot flashes and night sweats. Like other herbal teas, you will need to drink three or four cups each day to get relief from your symptoms. Some women also claim that adding one quart of strong basil tea to their bathwater can help stop night sweats.
For some women, simply drinking three to four glasses of lemon water each and every day help to reduce their night sweats as well as hot flashes. Add the juice of one half of an organic lemon to a glass of water and drink several times each day. You can also drink lemon balm tea several times a day.
- Reduce alcohol and caffeine consumption
- Wear breathable, natural fibers
- Avoid spicy foods
- Get some mild exercise every single day
- Practice deep breathing techniques for 15 minutes twice a day
- If you are overweight, lose 10 percent of your body weight
- Get 15 to 30 minutes of fresh air and sunshine each morning to nourish your body with natural vitamin D
- Eat a healthy, organic, plant based diet
- Keep your bedroom as cool as possible
Keep in mind that this, too, shall pass. Once these uncomfortable sensations subside, remember that you will be entering an exciting new phase of your life, so look forward to it!