Menopause

5 Natural Ways to Relieve Hot Flashes, Soothe Dry Eyes, and More

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All the go-go-go during the week triples the risk of menopausal hot flashes, brain fog, dry eye, and aches triggered by declining estrogen. Luckily, these tricks ensure you dodge them and get natural relief from menopause symptoms fast!

Clear brain fog with sage sniffs.

Estrogen helps the brain think quickly, and slumps and surges of the hormone can cause us to blank on words or names, according to research published in the journal Aging. The fix: Take three deep sniffs of sage. British scientists credit its aromatic compounds with stimulating the central nervous system and sharpening thinking for four hours.

Soothe dry eyes with a purple berry.

We love watching movies at home, but for 70 percent of menopausal women, dry-eye irritation can make it difficult to enjoy that flick. To dodge discomfort, try maqui berry. Japanese scientists say it brims with antioxidant pigments that protect tear-producing glands and ease dry-eye burning, itching and fatigue by 72 percent. Try: Life Extension Tear Support (Buy from LifeExtension.com, $12.15).

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Block hot flashes with a mocktail.

No one wants to break into a sweat during thee day. Yet estrogen dips throw off the body’s internal thermostat, causing it to overreact to tiny temperature changes. To keep your cool, sip a virgin Bloody Mary. A Japanese study found that menopausal women who drank six ounces of tomato juice daily reduced hot flashes by nearly half. An estrogen-mimicking compound in tomatoes stabilizes hormones responsible for flushing.

Ease joint pain with a stroll.

For the 77 percent of us who notice joint pain and swelling with menopause, a short stroll to a mailbox to send a card to loved ones can ease the ache. Northwestern University research suggests a five minute walk lessens your body’s inflammatory response while also lubricating joints, offsetting the drop in estrogen responsible for joint pain.

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Reverse hair loss with a deep-sea cure.

To counteract menopausal hair thinning, try astaxanthin. This reddish pigment found in some algae increases hair growth by up to 22 percent (when you supplement with 10 to 12 mg. daily) by curbing production of the follicle-damaging hormone DHT. One to try: Naomi Organic Astaxanthin (Buy from NaomiW.com, $35).

This article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.

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