Gosh, it's hot in here - or is it just me? If you're experiencing the dubious honors of having hot flashes, Dr. Mehmet Oz wants to cool you off with his hot flash starter kit. It's filled with holistic options for relieving perimenopause and menopause misery the natural way, all revealed on Dr. Oz's October 16 talk show.
For relief from hot flashes, Dr. Oz suggests these cooling fixes:
- Dress in layers, and look for tank tops like the athletic kind. The tag should say "cooling" or "wicking," such as the Columbia Total Zero Short Sleeve V-Neck Top.
- Make your own hot flash spray by putting five drops of peppermint oil and a little water into a spray bottle. When the heat strikes, spray a little on your neck, chest or forehead. You'll cool off and smell fresh. You can also buy cooling wipes, such as Cool Off Towelettes - Citrus Ice.
- Make a hot-flash trail mix with almonds, sunflower seeds and dried fruits like mango and apricot, or buy one with these ingredients, such as Emerald Tropical Blend Premium Trail Mix.
- Avoid hot and spicy foods, caffeinated drinks, alcohol and diet pills, which have all been shown to trigger hot flashes.
- Yoga, meditation and other stress-reducing techniques can help: One study shows that they can cut hot flashes in half. Some yoga DVDs and books are targeted at women's health, such as "Acu-Yoga for Balancing Hormones."
- Are you a smoker? Kick the habit.
And a final note: Some holistic experts suggest black cohosh supplements. However, these controversial hot-flash remedies may be problematic for people with liver disease. Always talk to your doctor before starting a new supplement.