As middle age approaches, going through menopause is a difficult time in every woman’s life. While most women don’t experience the symptoms of menopause until their mid-40s or later, others report symptoms beginning as early as their mid-30s.
If you’ve begun to experience menopausal hot flashes and are wondering how to ease them, you’ve come to the right place.
Avoiding What Triggers Hot Flashes
Common factors that are known to increase the severity and frequency of symptoms vary, but include the following:
- Hot weather
- Drinking alcohol
- Spicy food and drinks
This doesn’t necessarily mean that these need to be avoided completely, but when you can pinpoint which factors impact you the most, a lot of your symptoms can be avoided.
Additionally, smoking is known to increase symptoms and can even cause early-onset menopause in some women.
Obesity is another factor that can cause a higher frequency and intensity of symptoms.
If stress is a big factor in your life, consider practicing some relaxation techniques to lower stress levels and help drive away those annoying flashes. Some recommended techniques include the following:
- Tai Chi
- Deep breathing
Any of these can help greatly if you are looking to ease menopausal symptoms.
Throughout history, women have used a variety of plant-based products to ease symptoms. Although the FDA doesn’t regulate these natural remedies for strength, quality or composition, they have proven effective for many women.
Also known as dietary estrogens, these plant-based compounds called lignans are found in several different seeds including sesame and flax. Phytoestrogens are also found in whole grains. They help increase the effect of estrogen by binding to receptors in the body.
In addition, certain bean and legume products like soy have isoflavones, which have a similar effect.
2. Natural Licorice Root
In 2012, a study was conducted during which 330 milligrams of licorice root extract was given three times a day to women suffering from menopausal symptoms. This was done for eight consecutive weeks.
The study found that taking licorice root extract eased many of the symptoms experienced by menopausal women. Interestingly, these benefits continued for up to two weeks after the completion of the study that involved taking licorice extract.
3. Valerian Root
In 2013, menopausal women were subject to another study that involved taking 255 milligrams of valerian three times a day. This was also done for eight consecutive weeks.
Menopausal symptoms and flashes reduced in severity and number in the study’s subjects, and they also reported enhanced sleep.
We know that the symptoms of menopause can be difficult for many women. However, with these tips, you can begin to reduce the symptoms and move forward with your life.