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3 Quick Fixes for Hot Flashes

By on February 3, 2016

Hot flashes have become known as the hallmark of peri-menopause and menopause.

I don’t know about you, but if I wasn’t in the tropics and experienced sudden, intense heat in my body, I wouldn’t be too happy. Some women report sweating to the point of soaking their clothes. How annoying!—and potentially debilitating and embarrassing depending on the circumstance you find yourself in.

Here is how Western medicine explains hot flashes: although we think of hot flashes as heat surges, they are actually the body’s attempt to cool off. Blood vessels dilate, and the heart races to pump more blood to reach the surface of the body where it is cooler—an effect that can produce a blush or flush.

Elegant explanation, but it doesn’t really change anything about getting them, does it?

Four out of five women experience hot flashes in the years before their periods cease, leaving some with almost 12 years of unpleasant symptoms, reports webMD.com. That is 80 percent of American women—a lot of women!

Ayurveda’s View of Hot Flashes

Ayurveda looks at hot flashes a bit differently. Women who are Pitta predominant by nature (i.e., have a lot of fire in their constitutions) will experience the most severe and intense hot flashes. They might also experience burning and inflammation.

Vata types (i.e., those with more air and ether in their constitutions) will fare a bit better in terms of hot flashes but are likely to experience vaginal dryness, anxiety and urinary incontinence.

Kapha types (i.e., those with more earth and water in their constitutions) are in luck. They will experience fewer menopausal symptoms in general and might not have to deal with hot flashes at all.

This is not to say you are doomed as a Pitta or a Vata, it just means you have to adopt a few extra measures compared to your Kapha girl friend.

If you are amongst those who are bugged by hot flashes, I assume you want to know what you can do. Here are three quick fixes to combat hot flashes on the spot:

Quick Fix 1

Avoid alcohol, caffeine, refined sugar, spicy foods and beverages, all of which aggravate Pitta (the fire element in your body). They just drive things over the edge, making you feel more hot than you need to. One of my clients freed herself from hot flashes by cutting these foods out of her diet. She noticed that any time she eats or drinks the “wrong” thing she gets a flash shortly after. If she avoids them, she is hot flash-free.

Quick Fix 2

This is a rather pragmatic tip. Dress in layers so you can take them off as you get hot and then cold again. Also, wear cotton instead of synthetic clothing. That way your body can breathe better, and you won’t get nasty-smelling clothes.

Quick Fix 3

Embrace the hot flash. This is a practice of allowing and accepting. By simply acknowledging what is happening to your body you will be able to let go of embarrassment.

The acknowledgment can simply be to yourself, quietly and internally, or out loud to another person. As a result of that acknowledgment you will feel more confident about yourself, and you will perceive the hot flash as less severe.

If you want to learn how to kick the cause of hot flashes, download my Hot Flash Wisdom Sheet here.

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About Alexandra Epple

Alexandra supports women in menopausal years and beyond. Her approach to health is practical and down to earth. Hot flashes, weight gain, inexplicable mood swings and sleepless nights can all be dealt with successfully by adopting healthy habits, a yummy diet and proper lifestyle. Alexandra educates, guides and coaches you how to do that. www.AlexandraEpple.com

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