Summer Health and Hot Flashes

Summer is a perfect time to start SottoPelle®.  It’s hot outside and who wants to suffer with hot flashes too?  We wanted to post some great tips for staying healthy and active during the hot summer. So what works, and what does not? Let us know, or add your own tips here too.  We will post a new suggestion each week during the summer on our social media. Submit your great or unique idea to help others dealing with summer and Menopause. Until then, we have scoured the net and tried to compile some of the best ideas:

Summer Hot Flashes

  • Sip a cold drink. If you feel a hot flash coming on, this could help lower your body’s temperature.
  • Pay attention to what you eat and drink. Hot and spicy foods, caffeinated drinks and alcohol can all be triggers.
  • Breathe. Anxiety over the hot flash can actually worsen it. Work on steadying your breathing; practice yoga, meditation or other helpful relaxation techniques.
  • Don’t smoke. Tobacco use is linked to an increase in hot flashes.
  • Wear layers of clothing so you can peel them off when a hot flash hits.
  • Consider complementary or alternative treatments.
  • Freeze something. An ice-cold washcloth taken from the freezer and placed around your neck can cool you off in a hurry. There are also products on the market that contain tiny crystals inside a swath of fabric that you can drape around your neck. Or do as one friend of mine does—open your freezer and stick your head right in!
  • Lose weight. Losing excess pounds can significantly alleviate—or even eliminate—hot flashes. Researchers found that each 11-pound decrease in weight yielded 33 percent greater odds of improvement in hot flashes. It’s not entirely clear why overweight women suffer more; some theorize that excess fat traps heat, leading to more sweating and flushing to cool the body; or that obese women’s blood vessels react differently to heat or stress.

Some other common sense suggestions are:

Sun – Be careful in the sun.  Always wear sunblock and remember fluctuating hormones and normal aging can take a toll on your skin. So use care in the summer sun. Your skin will thank you.

Stress Free – Don’t sweat the small things. Lowering stress levels during menopause or any age can help your health. Find some quiet time each day for yourself. This really is a great de-stressor too.

Socialize – Don’t suffer in silence. There are others out there experiencing the crazy roller coaster called menopause like you.  Seek out others to help support you, either a family member, friend, or trusted doctor.

 

SottoPelle® is a healthy and natural solution to help the quality of life during menopause. Don’t take our word for it, ask the thousands of women and men who are seeing how the Power of Pellets® are helping them all year round.  Remember, send us your great tips on how to deal with Menopause in the Summer time to: media@sphrt.com!!

Don’t Be a Menopause Bully

Have you ever been sitting at a dinner or with a group of friends and all of sudden the topic of conversation takes an uncomfortable turn? The topic is menopause and everyone starts cracking those hot flash or moody jokes, as if those feelings and experiences are funny. No one wants to be the butt of a joke. Making light of phases of life can help us get through the difficult aspects of those situations. But, when the joking is happening between couples, it can be devastating for the woman going through menopause.
At a recent dinner, the jokes started and I said I went through that and it was horrible. It amazed me to see the conversation dynamically change and women started to ask questions about what to expect or relate their own experiences. It was interesting to note, the almost deafening silence of the men in the room. As if the women, had entered a space that was off limits to them.Men need to listen, acknowledge and respond to these conversations. If they dont know what to say then just to say I am not sure what to say, but I am here to listen. During menopause, women are just looking for support and reassurance that their changing bodies are not changing the way people feel about them.

Dealing with Menopause and the Stigma Associated with it.

A woman rarely wants to hear her husband or family poke fun of her challenges with menopause. It is important for loved ones to support and acknowledge the many feelings and physical changes that are happening in a positive and encouraging manner. When menopause happens it impacts not only the woman but the entire family. Mom may be forgetful or short tempered. She may suddenly show a need for positive reinforcement for her self-esteem and body image. Ironically, many men are simultaneously experiencing a midlife crisis (which can be triggered by hormonal imbalance like andropause), which then just lends to more conflict between the couple. Suddenly, the man and the woman are changing and its important to remain consistent, faithful, and kind to each other during this time. This is not the time to say, Oh, mom is going through her changes, she is being nutty. Poking fun at the sudden weight gain and suggesting she lay off the cookies is not what she wants to hear during this time.

menopause and perimenopause symptoms

A Woman’s Day article notes an increase in divorces after fifty-five because:

They enter their golden years and their husband walks out the door, often for a younger woman. Thats whats happening to an increasing number of women in their fifties and sixties these days. While divorce among younger people seems to be leveling off, theres a worrisome rise in marriage breakups among the over-fifty-five crowd up 22 percent in the last decade and expected to.

Married life is challenging enough with bills, kids, and family. Add midlife bodily changes to the mix and couples are often pitted or bullying each other. Often men will isolate themselves as they are just not sure what to do or say in the midst of their wives rollercoaster or hormones. In most cases, this exactly the opposite of what women want from their husbands. The important thing to remember when going through this time is you’re not alone. If you feel bullied by the jokes made or by the lack of understanding as others try to navigate the great unknown of menopause speak up. You might be surprised by the reaction when you do.