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Life Lessons: Hot flash triggers

By Nancy Werteen, Anchor / Reporter, NWerteen@wfmz.com
Published On: Jun 05 2013 04:43:47 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 05 2013 06:18:04 AM CDT

Life lessons hot flash triggers

Menopause is a natural biological process. It has been said to be the bookend to puberty, but the symptoms can be unbearable.

The average age for women to go through menopause is 51 and while some women sail through the process, others have difficulty for years.

Some doctors recommend hormone replacement therapy but not everyone is comfortable with that.

Some women have found relief with foods like soy products and flax seed.

Doctors say there are also certain things that trigger hot flashes that women in menopause should avoid.

These include caffeine, alcohol, chocolate and spicy foods.

They say exercise can help by reducing hot flashes and mood swings. Aerobic exercise has also been shown to be very effective in making hot flashes less intense.

For variety, try a new group exercise class, such as Zumba or kickboxing. Having a normal exercise routine not only significantly reduces hot flashes, it can also help your bones stay strong.

One study found that women who lifted weights for 45 minutes twice a week gained one percent in bone density, compared to a control group of women who didn’t exercise at all and lost and average of two percent.

Studies have also shown increasing Vitamin C might help with some of the symptoms of menopause.

Yams can help too! Yams not only fight menopause but they also help jump start your metabolism and help you lose weight.