Hot flashes are a symptom of menopause and perimenopause. Almost all women undergoing menopause suffer from them. A hot flash is a sudden sensation of heat which is caused by the dilation of the blood vessels located near the skin’s surface. A hot wave of heat engulfs the entire body and causes great discomfort and distress. Many women also experience a rapid heart rate and chills. The exact cause of hot flashes is not known but it may be related to hormonal imbalances and changes in circulation.
The severity and duration of hot flashes varies from woman to woman. Some experience them for a few seconds or minutes while others suffer from them for quite a long time. Some women perspire profusely along with the hot flashes and when this happens at night it is known as night sweats which can disrupt sleep to a great extent. There are several measures you can adopt to prevent hot flashes and to reduce their intensity.
Ways To Prevent Hot Flashes
It is important to stay cool, calm and composed at all times. Stress and undue anxiety can trigger hot flashes and increase their severity. Sit on a mat in a cross legged position and place your hands on your knees with palms facing upwards.
Close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing. Focus your mind on a central point on your forehead. Meditate for fifteen to twenty minutes early in the morning, every day.
Avoid Alcohol And Caffeine
Alcohol and caffeine interfere with blood circulation and promote a buildup of toxins which disrupt the proper functioning of all the organs in the body and weaken the immune system.
Drink freshly squeezed fruit juices which will not only provide vital nutrients to the body but will also flush out all the impurities and toxins from it and purify the blood.
To prevent hot flashes you must exercise every morning and every evening for half an hour. Light exercises such as brisk walking cycling or swimming bring all the muscles of the body into play and improve their tone.
Exercise also stimulates blood circulation and brings on profuse sweating which helps to eliminate all the toxins from the body and restore the hormonal balance.
Wear Loose Fitting Cotton Clothes
Always avoid tight clothes and clothes made out of synthetic materials which prevent the circulation of air and the absorption of sweat. Tight clothes also interfere with blood circulation and increase the degree of discomfort. Also avoid cigarette smoking and spicy foods which can trigger hot flashes and increase their frequency.
Do deep breathing exercises or pranayam for fifteen minutes in the morning and fifteen minutes in the evening. Sit on a mat with your back straight and place your hands on your knees with palms facing upwards.
Take a deep breath till the count of five and then hold your breath till the count of five. Exhale slowly till the count of six then again hold your breath till the count of five and inhale deeply. This pranayam will eliminate all the toxins from the body and will improve circulation.
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