Stop a Hot Flash in its Tracks

Remember how those 80s workout videos were always going on about FEEL THE BURN? If I had a time machine, I'd go back and give 'em what for because I am SO tired of feeling the burn all the time!

One friend said it's like being claustrophobic - she can be lying in bed and her husband just brushes against her and suddenly it's like she's smothering...dripping with sweat and flinging blankets in the air as fast as she can.

Isn't it amazing that with 50 percent of the world's population affected, scientists haven't managed to come up with effective ways to give us relief? So what do we do?

It's not foolproof, but it's a start...here are some of the best tips we've compiled to stop those hot flashes in their tracks: 

  • 1. Avoid triggers like stress, caffeine, alcohol, cigarette smoking or second-hand smoke, spicy foods, tight clothing, and heat.
  • 2. 
  • Practice deep breathing techniques. Slow, deep breathing 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes at night as well as the onset of a hot flash may reduce the number and intensity.
    3. Drink a glass of cool water. Keep a glass or a bottle of ice water by your bed in case of night sweats.
    4. Wear loose, light layers and remove layers as necessary to cool off. Make zippers your best friend!
    5. Keep a battery operated fan or mister with you to cool off when necessary.
    6. Hold an ice pack, cool cloth, or Menopod™ to your neck or body.
    7. Choose clothing and bedsheets in natural fibers that allow your skin to breathe.

 What have you found that's worked for you? Comment below and we'll add them to the list.

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