Fast fixes for hot flushes by Dr. Sarah Brewer
By The Nutrition Expert editorial teamwith expert comment from Dr Sarah Brewer
Published Date: 19/01/2017
Dr. Sarah Brewer takes us through ten hot flush remedies guaranteed to ease you symptoms during the menopause.
Benjamin Franklin was famous for saying that, ‘In this world, nothing
can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.’ If he were a woman,
however, he would undoubtedly have added the menopause. As the trend towards a
longer and healthier lifespan continues, women are increasingly spending as
much as 50 per cent of their years in the post-menopausal phase.
For some women, the symptoms of the menopause are barely
felt. For others, they can be severe and disruptive of day to day activities. In
a survey, by Nurture Skincare, 66% of
respondents said they had experienced hot flushes due to the menopause. Sleep
disorders, mood swings and weight gain also featured high up on the list.
But fear not, just because hot flushes are a common symptom of the
menopause, does not mean putting up with them is obligatory. Dr. Sarah Brewer
has put together ten pieces of advice to help you in your time of need.
Research shows smoking increases the risk of flushing, so do your
utmost to give it up for good. Aside from hot flushes, giving up smoking comes
with a whole host of benefits, not least a little bit of extra cash.
EAT LITTLE AND OFTEN
The heat generated by digesting big meals can bring on or aggravate
flushing. Take it nice and easy when it comes to wolfing down a Friday night
STEER CLEAR OF TRIGGERS
Alcohol, spicy foods, hot drinks and high indoor temperatures can
trigger a hot flush. Steer clear of them to avoid overheating and unnecessary
Stress drains the adrenal glands, meaning they
produce less oestrogen, so make time to relax every day. Relaxation techniques
such as yoga and breathing can help too. Incorporate a supplement containing
Oestrogen into your diet, like Healthspan’s MenoSerene, a
powerful two tablet formulation combining natural plant oestrogens and a
Hot rooms can aggravate flushing, so keep your house and bedroom
temperature cool. Try using a fan in the summer.
Wear several layers of thin clothes, even in bed, so that you can peel
them off if a hot flush strikes. Before you get some shut eye, take a Nurture
Replenish Day Night Skin Supplement, whilst you rest at they will
help to retain moisture in the skin.
Choose clothes and bedding in natural fabrics, such as cotton and
linen. Avoid synthetic fibres and silk, which can aggravate flushes.
Keep a water spray in your fridge to help cool you down if the going
gets hot. Carry some cool wipes in your handbag at all times.
EAT YOUR ISOFLAVONES
To boost your intake of natural plant oestrogens, aim to eat more
beans, dark green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds, especially flaxseed,
wholegrains, fresh and dried fruit, and herbs like rosemary and sage.
Some people find that sage leaf extracts and black cohosh, a
traditional herbal remedy for menopausal symptoms, can help reduce the number
of hot flushes.
Irrespective of its label as a medical condition, the
Menopause is a personal experience that is different for everybody. Nurture
Skincare’s survey revealed over 2 in 5 females aged 45 and over do not feel
comfortable openly discussing the menopause with anyone, despite it being a
naturally occurring stage of life. Our
last nugget of advice, is to share. Menopause is experienced by women
worldwide, and should be a subject that everyone feels comfortable talking