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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Managing the Hot Flushes of Menopause

Hot flushes are experienced by more than 70% of menopausal women, and are one of the most common symptoms of this natural process. These occur for some time throughout menopause, lasting anywhere from 1-2 years, and even longer, up to 10 years.

What causes a hot flush?
A portion of the human brain, called the hypothalamus, contain oestrogen receptors, which help to monitor the level of oestrogen produced within the body. This particular brain centre also helps to govern a number of functions including controlling body temperature and sleep.

It is believed that during menopause, the hypothalamus detects declining oestrogen levels, which starts a cascade of hormonal events in the body. Low oestrogen levels stimulate the hypothalamus to send a message to the pituitary gland, which subsequently releases hormones to act on the ovaries. Due to the lack of eggs, the ovaries are unable to increase production of oestrogen, which signals the hypothalamus once more.

This cyclical feedback mechanism also activates the nervous system, triggering dilation of the peripheral blood vessels, especially in the face, neck, and chest. This leads to heat and redness to the skin (flushed), and is often followed by profuse perspiration.

lifestyle tips to keep a hot flush ‘cool’!
1. Manage stress - Stress is often a trigger for hot flushes
2. Wear layered clothing — Practical for managing the fluctuations in body temperature
3. Keep a small spritzer bottle handy — Helps to keep your skin moist

Meno-Life, is a special two capsule herbal formula that includes Black Cohosh, Dong Quai, Red Clover and Soy isoflavones that have been found to help manage menopause symptoms over a full 24 hours. A Daytime capsule provides support for hot flushes, mood swings and energy levels while a special Night-time capsule can help with night sweats, anxiety and relax and prepare the body for sleep.

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