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Hot Flashes Relief

Menopause triggers a whole range of uncomfortable symptoms that often come in groups or clusters. Hot flashes, once of the most common symptoms, has a variety of treatment options available.

What Options Are Available?

There are many options for treatment. Wearing clothes made of natural, breathable materials (e.g., cotton) and practicing deep, slow abdominal breathing can help combat the frequency and intensity of hot flashes. Other ways to ensure hot flashes relief are:

  • Eating more protein, fiber, fruits, and vegetables
  • Quitting smoking
  • Drinking 2 liters of water each day
  • Exercising regularly, at least five times a week
  • Keeping your home cool and airy
  • Keeping cold water at hand
  • Taking herbal supplements

Such simple changes are the first step towards hot flashes relief. Another way to improve the symptoms of hot flashes is to avoid certain foods and drinks that may trigger them. These include:

  • Caffeine
  • Spicy foods
  • Alcohol
  • Hot drinks
  • Diet pills
  • Hot food

Other Options

The most successful method for relief is a combination of diet, healthy lifestyle, and natural remedies. However, in more serious cases, pharmaceutical methods should be considered. Talk to your doctor to see what the best treatment for you is.

Click on the following link to learn more about hot flash treatments.

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Hot flashes are one of the most common symptoms of menopause, and many women seek medical treatment for them.

Hot Flashes in Women Over 60

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