Water: A Miracle for Hot Flashes During Menopause
No matter what you call it, a rose by any other name is still a rose. The same is true of hot flashes. You can take the word “hot” out, but it won’t leave you feeling any cooler. You’ll still be burning up, from the inside out.
Since there’s an internal fire going on, grab your fire hose and put it out. That’s right, something as simple as water can help you combat the hot flashes of menopause.
Below are 4 simple methods for beating out hot flashes with some cool – and free – H2O.
If you aren’t drinking enough water, you can set off a host of symptoms, including hot flashes. Your internal thermostat and cooling system aren’t at their best during menopause, so dehydration can push your temperature over the brink and trigger more hot flashes.
Those hot flashes then lead to sweating which increases your need for more water. Remember, you are mostly water — it’s a critical part of your make-up. Make it a habit to carry a refillable water bottle with you everywhere you go so you can drink continuously throughout the day. Chart how much water you drink until it becomes a natural part of your daily routine. You need at least 8 glasses per day – and no, soda, coffee, and alcohol don’t count. In fact, they could lead to more hot flashes.
Don’t forget those night time hot flashes that cause night sweats. Keep some cold water in an insulated container by your bed so you can take a cool swing or sprinkle your face if you are awakened by the heat.
Besides drinking it, wearing your water can help manage hot flashes. During a hot flash, try splashing cold water on your face, washing your hands in cold water, dipping your feet in cold water, or, if you are desperate and not sitting at your computer, pour water over your head.
You can also place a cool, wet cloth on the back of your neck or forehead. Having a fan blowing across the cloth adds some extra coolness. Better yet, try a cooling scarf. Simply soak in water and then wear it around your neck for a stylish burst of coolness. You can look for other cooling products – towels, pillows – as well.
Don’t forget, ice is frozen water. It’s your ally when it comes to hot flashes. You can suck on it, rub it on your neck and forehead, drop one down your bra, or use it to cool off your drinks. Frozen ice packs work well, too, and they come in all shapes and sizes. You can sit on them. They can be tucked in your clothing – pocket, waistband, or bra. You can hold them to your neck or forehead. You may even want to slip one inside your pillowcase at night or keep one on your nightstand in case of night sweats.
Swim in It
Ironically, the more sedentary you are, the more likely you are to have hot flashes. It sounds odd, but exercising can minimize hot flashes. Swimming offers a bonus – the water can instantly cool you off while letting you get in some exercise that can prevent future hot flashes. Swimming is also a type of exercise that helps relieve stress which further reduces hot flashes.
Now is a good time to consider a membership at a gym with a pool, putting in some type of pool at your house, or finding new, rich friends! Seriously, check around town. You might find there are a number of pools in your area with options available for the public. Try local schools, colleges, recreation centers, or the YMCA.
If you don’t have access to a pool, you can at least cool off in a cool shower or tub of cold water, but remember you’ll need to be doing some exercising, too.
This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support. Reprinted with permission: Water: A Miracle for Hot Flashes During Menopause