You’ve probably seen that cartoon on Social Media? The one that says ” I’m still hot, only now it comes in flushes!”? Ha bloomin’ ha. If you’re a sufferer, you know hot flushes are no laughing matter. They can be uncomfortable, incovenient and embarrassing.
You know? That sudden feeling of heat, which seems to come from nowhere and spreads through your body. Not to mention the sweating, scarlet face and palpitations. Lovely.
Hot flushes are a common symptom in perimenopause and menopause, but there are lots of simple steps to take to reduce them.
HONEST! Mine lasted about 2-3 months, until I got them under control.
And I’m about to let you into a few of my secrets…
There are things you can reduce or give up to help you stop the perimenopausal power surges. It’s isn’t always easy, but you have to ask yourself…
HOW MUCH DO I WANT TO STOP THE HOT FLUSHES?
HOW HARD AM I PREPARED TO WORK TO STOP THEM?
So if you’re truly sick and tired of your broken thermostat, read on.
Yes, here’s my short guide …
5 things to give up to reduce hot flushes
#1 Kick Cigarettes.
Yes, stop smoking the ciggies or vastly reduce the amount you smoke. I’ve never been a smoker so this wasn’t my issue. BUT cigarettes are associated with a bigger risk of horrid hot flushes.
#2 Stop Skipping Meals
Low blood sugar can be a cause of hot flushes, so don’t rush out of the house without brekkie, ladies. Eat regularly and choose a balanced, hormone-and-flush-friendly diet.
#3 Quit Caffeine
Normal coffee and tea. Many fizzy drinks. Chocolate. ALL contain caffeine. Cut the Cappuccino and ditch the Dairy Milk to calm down the hot flushes.
#4 Wean Yourself Off Wine…
…beer…spirits. Alcohol is known to make hot flushes worse for many PeriMenopausal Princesses, so reduce or quit alcohol to see how much difference it makes.
#5 Curb the Curries
This was toughie for me! I love curries. I gave up spicy food for a little while on my journey to No Flush Nirvana. Spicy food can trigger hot flushes for some gorgeous girls. Phew! That wasn’t the sound of me flushing: that was recognition that spicy food didn’t trigger mine!
My own hot flushes started in November 2104 and were GONE by the end of January 2015.
I achieved that with a winning combination of food and lifestyle choices, reducing exposure to toxins in my environment and some superb self-care. It can be done.
So what are you waiting for?
You could decide to go cold turkey and quit all at once. Or you could remove one at a time for 1-2 weeks and see what difference it makes. It’s up to you, lovely ladies.
Let me know how you get on and ask for guidance on my social media pages.
Love, Kathy x