She kept experiencing hot flashes, but I had no idea this item keeps them at bay . . .
When you're going through menopause, it seems like nearly anything can trigger a hot flash or mood swing. Keep menopause's symptoms at bay with these natural, no-medication remedies.
So What Exactly Is Menopause?
Menopause is the time in a woman's life when she no longer has a menstruation cycle. While that might sound like a good thing, starting between the ages of 45 and 65, women exchange period cramps and bloating for hot flashes, night sweats, fatigue, insomnia, hair loss, skin changes and more. While menopause affects each woman differently, there are some natural remedies that can alleviate common (and not-so-common) symptoms.
Whether you drink soy milk or eat edamame, soy can help keep hot flashes at bay, and perhaps even stranger symptoms like "electric shocks." Electric shocks occur inside the head or under the skin, and are thought to be a sign of fluctuating hormones. Soy might be able to help! Soy naturally contains phytoestrogens, or plant compounds that can help maintain a balance in hormone levels, according to Dr. Weil. For best results, phytoestrogens should ingested through foods like tofu, roasted soy nuts, soy milk and more, Weil writes.
It's an oldie but a goodie. Daily Vitamin E supplements work to relieve hot flashes, according to Dr. Weil, and WebMD suggests applying Vitamin E topically to the vaginal area can help prevent dryness and irritation. Vitamin E is your all-around friend during this time of major bodily change.
Good Ole Exercise
It probably comes as no shock that exercise is good for you at all stages of life, but it can really benefit menopausal women who are going through mood swings and are having trouble sleeping, according to WebMD. Exercise produces endorphins in the brain, increasing those positive thoughts. Plus, a good workout will get you so exhausted, you'll be more than ready to get a good night's sleep when night sets in. Try yoga, which combines breathing exercises and exercise for a one-two punch to mood swings.
Add ground flaxseed or flaxseed oil to your morning smoothie to get your daily dose of lignins, a natural chemical compound that can help regulate hormone metabolism, according to Dr. Weil. Flaxseed also contains high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids and phytoestrogens, which are both beneficial to menopausal women. Flaxseed is especially useful for hot flashes or any symptom that results from hormonal fluctuations, like the less-talked-about "burning mouth," a bizarre sensation that feels like your tongue has been burned by hot tea.
For mild hot flashes and night sweats, black cohosh, an herb that comes from a species of buttercup, may help. While it won't replace traditional medication, some studies indicate it will take the heat off hot flashes, according to WebMD. The supplement can be found at any health store and may also help lower blood pressure, WebMD states.
Au Naturel Woman
Menopause might not be the most glamorous thing to happen in a woman's life, these natural remedies can help bring you back to your normal self. Head to the health store and get your gym shoes on, because relief might be just around the corner.