I believe I am peri-meno, because of my age, and I do get night sweats at times and seem to be gaining weight in my middle. Isn't being a woman fun?!!!!! ;-)
Anyway, I have noticed that if I eat snacks after dinner I will get night sweats. It seems like the higher the calories, the worse it is.
The trick for me is not eating after dinner. sigh.
Good luck to you! :-)
Black Cohosh - Oddly enough, it was something that my M.D. recommended for night sweats, and it worked!
I have very few hot flashes and not intense when I stay away from sugar and simple carbs. This includes diet soda, artificial sweateners, alcohol, etc. Simple carbs turn to sugar in your body. It way take a few days to clean sugar out of your system but it works like a charm.
Acupuncture worked well for me for night sweats.
Sage Tea is an old time herbal remedy for night sweats. In a mug, pour boiled water over a teaspoon of the herb, let sit for 10-15 min. And drink. Good luck!
Charlotte, please try chromium. I am not menopausal, but I did suffer for many years from Bulimia. When you recover from Bulimia (ie stop the bingeing and purging) your body takes a long while to readjust. And during this period your blood sugar goes up and down. One of the symptoms is night sweats, from low blood sugar. Literally the day I started taking the chromium the night sweats stopped. I've never had them since. I also thought that it was hormonal, and I was taking all sorts of things for my female hormones. They did not help. I take it in liquid form. But 200mcg three times a day should be fine. Make sure you take one dose at bedtime. Chromium picolinate should be fine as it's yeast-free.
Please try lugol's iodine for menopause. Stops the symptoms cold. 20 drops of the 5% solution a day in coffee or milk.
I went through a very bumpy ride to menopause last summer. After much research I decided to try DIM. After about 2 weeks I noticed a major improvement that I can only attribute to the DIM. I was taking 2x a day last summer and through the fall, but now take 1x a day. Relieves menopause symptoms and has been a life saver.
My wife takes Isoflavones, and she says the results are miraculous. My brother-in-law, who has some background in biology and chemistry, says the isoflavones mimic hormones.
Not over-eating at a sitting can keep hot flashes at minimum or not happening at all. For me, overeating always brings on a hot flash 15-30 minutes after a huge meal. The point where that does not happen is when I only eat 1/2 of a normal plate of food. Also, if I habitually eat grains, potatoes, and sugar (high carb-foods) hot flashes keep me up all night. Sticking to a diet of meat, berry fruit (low carb), and veggies in smaller amounts than I once ate when I was younger and buring vast amounts of calories, has proven to be ideal for this older woman's long-term health and nutritional assimulation. There is also less to nil inflammatory arthritic flareups.
I started to have hot flashes in January 2012, tried some other remedies but have found Maca extract (liquid) to work the best. I haven' t had a hot flash for a while now. At my worst I was having them every hour and to the point of moisture running down my back. It took awhile for my body to build up with it but I felt improvement every day. I don't go a day without it. It also gives you energy which I greatly needed.
Adrenal Fatigue or Thyroid Triggers
There is a strong possibility that post menopausal hot flashes and such symptoms are due to adrenal fatigue or a low thyroid or both. The big problem is getting a doctor to help you with it unless we are clever and doctor yourself.
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I suffer from what I consider extreme hot flashes and night sweats. I don't sleep because of night sweats, so I get headaches its a vicious circle..... Until I started taking 2 tablespoons of ACV before bed and it's freaking amazing! The flashes are still there but have decreased by 95%. I wish I would have known about this 3 years ago. Thank you ACV you have given me back my life.
Hello Elaine. You may have to try a few different therapies... I had to over the last 14 years and almost everything I tried worked for a while. First off I have to confess I smoked for many years so won't get on your case for caffeine and pop... It took a concerted effort and lifestyle change to get on top of all the symptoms... And I had them all in spades. I did alot of research on this subject and tried alot of things just trying to beat it... the mainstream doctors don't have a solution for us so it's something we have to figure out with other women.
I follow the blood type diet method for treatment and regular exercise. I am a blood type B rh neg so depending on your blood type these suggestions may work or not. Black Cohosh (for hot flashes) worked really well (and fast) for 2 years... I took double the dose to kick it off for the first month. When that stopped working I went to Adrenal tissue w/ Vit C and B5 three times daily.. It worked within 4 days and lasted about 14 months. I tried Black Cohosh again without success this time. I ended up with severe depression and gained 25 lbs, had terrible mood swings, memory, insomnia, balance and vertigo issues as well... a horrible time in my life.
I started drinking parsley tea and lemon hot water as a liver cleanser (great for the skin, btw) and that helped me get going again. I was researching menopause and Bio-identical Hormone Therapy, BHRT, and started at 49... It did not help with the hot flashes BUT it was an instant facelift (4 days), and my waist came back (onw week), so that helped with my depression somewhat (I was always slim and youthful looking).
About 2 years ago I started with SAGE TEA 2 cups a day and it's helped with the hot flashes and therefore relieved insomnia somewhat. I started with a top quality Krill Oil last May for my cholesterol (which, along with 60% of women, doubled with menopause)... This has been a godsend!!! My wrinkles and lines started disappearing in 10 days (granted I took 6 pills a day for the first month) AND my horrible mood swings/depression are greatly diminished! .. And yes, my cholesterol dropped 25%. as well as more energy.
The last two things I've done were in these last 2 months and I wish I had taken them years ago... #1 Growth Hormone Release, GHR, and #2 is Boron in the form of BORAX as per this site. The GHR (purchased from swanson's vitamins) has given me my sleep back while also helping with anti-aging. The Borax solution of 1/8th tsp in a liter of water per day has helped with a number of issues (now down to 1/16th tsp 4 x's a week), but noticebly in the bones/nails (I had terrible nails until now. It helps the body make estrogen and testoserone! .. (you get your Libido back), excrete far less calcium which helps in so many calcium related areas like nails, moods, arthritis, skin problems, osteoperosis, memory (brain fog), etc.
As well, 2 years ago I started with ACV with BS (which is great for the skin and helped with some aches and pains but did nothing for my menopause symptoms), and molasses, brewers yeast (great for energy/good mood, hair, skin and nails), lecithin for brain food, CoQ10 for the heart... And more... I make a point of eating very healthy and exercising daily and my metabolism is way up again and I've slimmed right down.
I started with peri-menopause at age 42, finished with periods at 46 and now at 56 feel perfectly healthy... BUT can honestly say I wouldn't wish what I went through with menopause on anyone. You are are not going crazy and you will survive this.
Good luck with finding things that work for you.
ps: although soy products never worked for me they may make a difference with you.
I am 38, I have posted on the site before, and it is a blessing. Here is some news I wanted to share, in hopes of helping others. I started feeling like I was having early menopause symptoms, because my monthly periods were all out of wack, I felt like I was going crazy on some sort of emotional roller coaster, I was moody, and had other early unpleasant menopause symptoms. Anyway, after some research I went to Wal-Mart and bought a bottle of Spring Valley brand Fish, Flaxseed, Borage Oil, Omega 3, 6, 9(that's exactly what the bottles states on the front too). I also bought a bottle of Natrol brand Menopause Formula(purple bottle with female symbol)This has a large array of ingredients such as calcium, magnesium, soy extract, red raspberry extract, and 11 other herbs. I take the first one(fish oil, etc. ) 2 pills a day when I wake up, and the second one at night before I go to bed(also 2 pills). I have not been taking them quite a week, and have already started feeling better. My mood has improved, I feel ALOT less emotional, and cranky, and I was even able able to stop taking my ant-depressant Zoloft! Also, I was feeling hungry all the time, and so I bought some slim fast as a between meal boost, and have been drinking two a day of those, at the very least I figured the vitamins in it would help, but I have been feeling less hungry. At night, before I go to bed, I also drink alot of water, it helps make me feel fuller, and may possibly be helping me sleep better.
Thanks Ted, I started taking 240 iu's of Vit E oil (liquid) and 400 mg's of Magnesium Citrate. I'm not sure if I'm even in perimenopause let alone menopause, no hot flashes, but just didnt feel right. It really has helped! I feel better, and sleep all through the night.
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I have been suffering from hormone disruption that I believe was caused by exposure to environmental toxins. I started having hot flashes 2 1/2 years ago. It took me a while to make the connection between toxins and my body because of my age (in 40's). Anyway, always an advocate of natural remedies, I tried maca. It worked like a dream and my hot flashes disappeared for a few months. Then they returned and the maca no longer worked. To make a long story short, I've tried many different herbs and natural formulas, nothing has worked. I found this site and eagerly tried drinking organic ACV twice daily. I can't remember the amount, I think 1 or 2 tablespoons in water. It worked for one day. What's worse is that it had a HORRIBLE effect on my teeth. Plaque and sensitivity increased. (I have now started oil pulling organic unrefined coconut oil and even after the first time, the plaque on the my teeth that I used to feel with my tongue, has disappeared. What a God-send! I thought that it was downhill all the way, concerning my teeth).
Anyway, after a week of still having hot flashes and feeling my teeth degrade (even after brushing my teeth after drinking the ACV AND also using a straw), I gave up on it. Maybe because the root of my issue is toxins and not a natural reproductive process, the ACV and other remedies are not working. What I have found is that some things work for one day. It's like my body would be curious about the new substance and take a break from producing hot flashes to spend time dealing with the new substance, then, once it figured it out, go back to making the hot flashes. In doing research, I've discovered that my liver has probably been overworked. I now eat a very plain cleaning diet of veggies, fruits, nuts and beans. I think I am overly yang and need to become more yin. I also plan to renew my yoga practice because I know that yoga is SUPER for the liver (especially any forward bend). I can't do a stronger cleanse because it over works my liver causes a greater hormonal imbalance. I also started drinking a quart of sage and milk thistle tea a day. After 2 months of this diet and tea, my hot flashes have been reduced. Now it just seems like I have "heat sensitivity" where if it's hot (and it's been over 90) I get a flash. But if I feel cool, I'm fine. Lastly, along with the hot flashes, the sweating odor was a nightmare. I learned here about using 1/2 of a fresh organic lime to rub over my body (where it was sweating), wait 10 minutes and shower. This has been FANTASTIC! I also use an all natural organic lemongrass soap or the popular peppermint castille soap. But even if I run out of the soap and use another, the lime has performed a miracle. Limes have antibacterial properties that prep my body so that the sweating doesn't create funk.