Dealing with hot flashes, night sweats and heat in menopause
Pitta is mainly fire, which helps in all processes of digestion, transformation, and conversion, providing clarity, perception, courage, determination, passion, focus. When imbalanced, Pitta can give intensity, irritability, even anger. There can be sensitive skin, rashes, acne, boils, chronic inflammation, irritable bowel, hypertension, heart disease. In terms of the menopause or perimenopause, there are specific symptoms that relate to Pitta imbalance:
Pitta imbalance in menopause / perimenopause
· Hot flashes
· Feeling warmer than usual when not flashing
· Heavy bleeding
· More days of heavy flow than usual
· Migraine headaches
· Anger or irritability
· Increased bowel movement or loose stools
· Skin rash or acne
· Unpleasant body odour
· Urinary tract infections
· Night sweats or sweating during the day
· Loss of energy
· Loss of focus
· Hair loss
These symptoms may benefit from following a diet and lifestyle plan that works specifically towards bringing Pitta into balance. This has been set out for you in a related post - ACCESS HERE
Hot Flashes and Night Sweats
About 50 to 82 percent of women who experience natural menopause will experience hot flashes and night sweats. Of these women about 87 percent have some hot flashes daily, and 33 percent have 10 or more episodes.
What are the some of the prescriptions that we can use for hot flashes and night sweats?
Layering your clothing
Wearing natural fibres.
Avoid stress which is a trigger for a lot of women
Avoid low blood sugar with regular nourishing meals
Avoid spicy foods, hot beverages, alcohol.
Sleep in light, natural fibres,
Turn down the bedroom thermostat at night and sleep with the bedroom door open, that circulation can actually make a huge difference, and have light layering of bedding so you can kick the covers off.
At work, access to fans and proper ventilation such as open windows.
Green vegetables, peas and beans, whole pea protein, tofu, soy milk, organic non-GMO and legumes in the diet
Try sage essential oil with distilled water in a spray bottle - spritz it on your face and neck if you feel a hot flash come on.
Mood swings and irritability
Although worry and anxiety result from a vata imbalance, mood swings and irritability, anger, sadness and crying – the blues all involve a pitta imbalance, specifically of sadhaka pitta, your emotional heart.
Pitta dosha is known for its involvement in the metabolism, digestion and absorption of food for energy. However sadhaka pitta is concerned with emotional metabolism - specifically how we interpret, process and react emotionally to the various experiences of life.
In the same way as we sometimes cannot deal with or properly digest certain foods, sometimes we cannot deal with or properly digest certain emotions.
Sadhaka Pitta is intimately connected with our ability to digest our emotions and fulfil or alternatively frustrate our desires. Erratic mood swings can occur especially in mid-life if the sadhaka pitta becomes aggravated.
For ways to help deal with an aggravated sadhaka pitta - ACCESS HERE
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