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Five Lifestyle Changes to Help Improve Hot Flashes

brunette middle-aged womanHot flashes are one of the most common symptoms of menopause. The uncomfortable sensation affects more than two-thirds of North American women for an average of seven years. While we don’t know exactly what causes hot flashes, they may be related to changes in circulation or estrogen levels. Here are some lifestyle changes we recommend that may help to cool hot flashes.

Wear lightweight clothing
Dressing in layers (i.e., tank tops and cardigans) will allow you to shed heavier clothing when a hot flash strikes. Wearing moisture-wicking clothing to bed can also help you stay comfortable overnight.

Drink ice water
Drinking cold water regularly can help regulate your body temperature. It is imperative to avoid dehydration, especially if you are experiencing hot flashes.

Avoid common triggers
Common triggers for hot flashes include the consumption of alcohol, caffeine, and spicy food. Consider only enjoying these in moderation or removing them from your diet entirely.

Maintain a healthy weight
Women who are overweight or obese tend to have hot flashes that are greater in frequency and severity.

Stop smoking
A recent study found that heavy smokers were four times more likely to have hot flashes.

Determining how to address your menopausal symptoms can be challenging and personal. Whether you are in need of menopause treatment, birth control options or a routine health screening, contact us about women’s health services in Dallas, TX.