These days just watching the local weather report can induce hot flashes! Our country is having an “unseasonably” warm Summer with temperatures soaring above 100° in many states. Our company is in Texas where just this week, we are setting record high temperatures almost every day. That’s enough to make me start sweating just talking about it! So how do we stay cool and reduce hot flashes during soaring heat? Below are several tips to help you keep cool in the Summer heat.
10 Tips for Staying Cool and Reducing Hot Flashes
- Drink plenty of cool beverages. Adding ice to your drink can help lower your body temperature and keep you cool. Or keep a damp washcloth in the freezer and apply around your neck if you feel a hot flash starting.
- Avoid hot beverages. It’s best to steer clear of hot coffee during the hot Summer months. Hot beverages can raise your body temperature and induce hot flashes especially when you are already feeling warm.
- Sit in front of a fan. Having a personal fan at your workspace can help cool you without freezing the whole office. Sleeping with a fan on can help cool your bedroom overnight.
- Avoid spicy foods. Eating spicy foods like jalapenos, hot peppers, and other spicy foods can make you sweat on a winter day so you definitely want to avoid them on a hot, summer day.
- Limit your time in the direct sunlight. If you want to enjoy some time by the pool, choose to lounge in the shade instead of sitting in the hot, smoldering sun.
- Limit your caffeine and alcohol. Both caffeine and alcohol can increase your metabolism just enough to cause you to feel warm. Any feelings of warmth can induce a hot flash.
- Dress in layers. It’s always a good idea to dress in layers so you can peel off a layer if you start to overheat. Some companies even make special menopausal clothing, sheets, and mattresses with fabrics designed to keep your cool day and night.
- Stop Smoking. Because cigarette smoking causes blood vessels to dilate at the surface of the skin, smoking can induce hot flashes. Speak to your healthcare provider to discuss smoking cessation programs or medications you can try.
- Maintain a Healthy Weight. Excess weight not only puts excess strain on your body’s organs, an extra layer of body fat holds in heat. Overweight women tend to experience more hot flashes. Losing weight and decreasing body fat can help reduce hot flashes.
- Consider Treatment for Hot Flashes. Consider balancing your hormones or bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, menopausal supplements, or alternative treatments to manage hot flashes. Changing your diet to include more soy, flaxseed, and eating more green leafy vegetables can help some. Our Internal Balance Supplement is the best herbal and botanical treatment for menopausal symptoms, reducing hot flashes in a few days to a few weeks in most women. Additionally, it provides relief from insomnia, decreased libido, irritability, mood changes, and anxiety linked to menopausal hormone changes.