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A hot flash, also commonly referred to as a hot flush, is a heated feeling spreading most often in the head and neck areas, resulting in flushed red skin and excessive perspiration. They are a common symptom of approaching menopause, but not all women will have them. Approximately 75% of all women experience this unpleasant symptom.
Hot flashes causes are not fully understood, the general consensus is that the declining levels of estrogen, in a women approaching menopause, is to blame. The symptom may even appear years before the actual onset of menopause. They can also be accompanied by heart palpitations, or irregular heart beat which is unpleasant. Chills sometimes follow the heated sensation, which is even more unpleasant. These symptoms develop suddenly without warning, and can last anything from a minute to several minutes.
Some women never experience a hot flash, whereas others will endure them for the rest of their lives. The good news is that they are supposed to become less severe as menopause progresses. All women want to know what they can do to prevent them from occurring. Unfortunately if you’re having them, it’s unlikely you will be able to completely prevent them from occurring, but there are certain triggers that can make them worse.
These are some of the known triggers to avoid:
• Tight clothing
Things you can do to keep the symptoms at bay:
• Exercise daily – walking or swimming are good choices. Opt for relaxation exercises such as yoga to help alleviate stress;
• Learn to breathe deeply – practice deep breathing exercises;
• Wear loose clothing made from natural fibers such as cotton;
• Take B complex and vitamin E supplements;
• Eat soy products because they contain natural plant estrogens, such as isoflavones which reduce symptoms.
By following a sensible diet and exercise regime, hot flashes causes and their triggers can be kept to a minimum. A good idea is to supplement your diet with a plant based phytoestrogen to help alleviate severe symptoms.