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4 Ways to Kick the Cause of Hot Flashes

By on February 10, 2016

According to webMD.com, the majority of American women in their menopausal years are experiencing hot flashes during the years before, during and after their menstruation ends.

While hot flashes are common during a woman’s menopausal years, they surely aren’t normal. Consider this statistic:

In America 80% of women experience hot flashes. Compare that to 23% in Thailand, 17% in Japan and 0% in the traditional Mayan culture. In fact, the Japanese language has no word for hot flashes.

Does this statistic make you think there must be a relationship between how we experience menopause and how we live our lives in terms of diet, lifestyle and mindset?

While hot flashes typically don’t hold women back from living their lives, they surely are uncomfortable, annoying and, at times…well, embarrassing.  Some women report that their self-confidence suffers, especially if they find themselves in a male-dominated environment.

If you are someone who is bugged by hot flashes, you likely want to know what you can do about them. According to Dr. Claudia Welch, who is a doctor of oriental medicine and who has been working with women in private practice for decades, says that hot flashes are simply a sign of deficient yin quality—i.e., not enough cool, soft, moist and tranquil qualities.

Yin is equivalent to brahmana in Ayurveda. Thus, hot flashes are quite simply remedied by nourishing your body and mind more.

YESit can be that simple! Replenish your yin (brahmana), and your hot flashes will go away.

Here are 4 cool tips for how you can replenish your yin and say bye-bye to those nagging hot flashes:

1: Nourish yourself.

When resources run dry, hot flashes get more severe. Do nice things for yourself and your body every day to increase the brahmana (yin) qualities in your body and mind. Take a bath; do daily oil massage; do yoga.

The morning is an especially appropriate time to take care of yourself, as it sets the tone for the rest of the day. Thus following a nourishing Ayurvedic morning routine is very advisable. When you “feed” yourself in the morning, you are likely to be more uplifted and energetic for the rest of the day.

ALSO FOR YOU: Stabilize your bio-rhythms and your body systems on all levels with this simple everyday practice

2: Slow down.

Stop trying to be Superwoman. It’s actually not all that cool, although it appears to be that way. Being superwoman feeds your fire too much (pitta), leads to burn-out and dries up tissues. This causes your body to flash like a traffic light; it is trying to get your attention…to get more deep, quality nourishment.

3: Breathe deeply.

Do 15 minutes of alternate nostril breathing daily to calm the nervous system and bring harmony to the hormonal system.

If that is too difficult, just do 10 deep belly breaths daily. Breathing harmonizes the yin (nourishing) and yang (depleting) qualities in your body, which manifest on a deep physiological level as hormones. Bringing balance to yin and yang brings balance to your hormones.

4: Adopt an attitude of gratitude.

The mind has a direct and immediate effect on the first tissue layer of the body, which is called rasa vaha srota (don’t worry, you don’t have to remember that!).

This first tissue layer feeds ojas (you do want to remember that one), which is your internal strength and vigor. It is your abilty to withstand stress. On the most physical level it is your immune system.

Strong ojas is necessary for your body and mind to be in perfect balance. Thus, keeping the mind positive and uplifted also keeps the body in perfect balance.

Here’s that breakdown for you:

  1. Mind affects first tissue layer of body.
  2. First tissue layer of body affects ojas (internal strength and vigor).
  3. Ojas affects perfect health.
  4. Thus, by keeping the mind healthy we create perfect health in the body.

To learn three quick fixes to combat hot flashes as they happen, download my Hot Flash Wisdom Sheet or read this article from last week. 


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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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