If you are prone to hot flashes and/or night sweats, you are at an increased risk for developing high blood pressure. That’s the bad news. The good news is you can kill two birds with one stone; naturally cure hot flashes (and night sweats) while lowering the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease. Here are three tricks to keep you cool and healthy –
Spend 15 minutes each day practicing a breathing technique called ‘paced respiration’ to slash the number of hot flashes you have in half. Slow, deep breathing blocks the misfiring in the nervous system that triggers hot flashes. Deep, relaxing breathing also reduces stress and lowers blood pressure, helping to prevent heart disease.
For paced respiration, practice taking only six deep breaths within one minute of time. Sit down in a relaxed position with a book in your lap. Slowly inhale for a count of five, then slowly exhale for a count of five. If you are doing the paced respiration correctly, the book in your lap will rise and fall with each breath and six breaths will be taken each minute. Try to sit in a cool, quite location for best overall results.
Soy Balances Estrogen
Soy and soy products contain genistein, which is an estrogen-like plant compound that binds to temperature regulating cells within the body, helping them to function at peak capacity, preventing hot flashes and night sweats.
Drinking 8oz. of soy milk a day or eating one-half cup of edamame, tofu or soy nuts daily will help keep estrogen levels from fluctuating and help to maintain an even body temperature. If you have not tried soy products before, try eating cereal with soy milk or adding edamame (soy beans) or soy nuts to salads. Before taking a soy supplement, talk with your doctor.
Chill The Bedroom
Cranking up the air conditioning in the bedroom to a chilly 64 degrees significantly reduces night sweats. Chilling the bedroom before going to bed also allows women to fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly throughout the night. Getting enough sleep each night also reduces the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.