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Hot flashes are, for some, a side effect of going through menopause. There is a huge range and severity of hot flashes for women going through menopause. While some women experience hot flashes on a regular basis and for years on end, others never even have one hot flash. Life can be so unfair!
Luckily, after a large amount of research I found a remedy that came to me by way of more than one holistic doctor. This remedy is really so simple and inexpensive that it is a wonder that more women haven’t heard of it.
Here are the ingredients and supplies that you will need:
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (with ‘the mother’- look for this wording on the label)
- 1 cup of water
- drinking straw (optional)
Simply measure two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and add them to a one cup of water. Drink this remedy once in the morning and once at night either with food or on an empty stomach. You can use a straw to drink the mixture to prevent any damage to your teeth from the vinegar.
Hot Flash Remedy Video
Why it works? Short Answer...
The apple cider vinegar corrects the PH balance in the body.
At the time of puberty a women’s body starts using estrogen to regulate body temperature. Later in life, at the time of menopause, estrogen quickly diminishes and the body has to go back to regulating its body temperature without estrogen, the way it was done before puberty. The apple cider vinegar facilitates body temperature regulation because as we as we age, the PH of our body tends to become more alkaline. This alkaline environment doesn’t allow for ideal communication within our body to regulate heat. When we drink apple cider vinegar the acidity corrects the PH imbalance which allows the body to better regulate body temperature.
My menopause story, maybe you can relate
I recall my mother telling me how she sailed through menopause without any hot flashes or other negative side effects; this made me hopeful that when my time came for “the change”, I would meet the same fate.
Sadly, I wasn’t quite as lucky as she was and menopause did nearly stop me in my tracks at least for a short time. Looking back now, I can’t remember what my first symptom was or when I decided it was necessary to join a menopause support group. At first it was only my periods that got lighter and then one day just disappeared. It was like clockwork, just around the time of my 51st birthday, just like a gift since I would no longer have to deal with menstruation, hallelujah! But as with most things in life, there are tradeoffs.
My menopause issues began one Saturday morning.
Each week on Saturday mornings, I would happily make my way to my community recreation center for a Zumba class. However, on this one Saturday, just around my 51st birthday, while checking in, the front desk clerk was very rude to me. This alone sent me on an emotional spiral, I began to cry and feel an overwhelming sense of emotional pain, I could hardly contain my emotions. However, I was determined to complete the Zumba class, while holding back the tears for the duration of the class. It was about a week later that I questioned my reaction. I wondered why did I react so strongly to the incident? It was unlike me. In retrospect, I realized that my reaction was connected to menopause and I became worried that I would have more of these types of incidents or other symptoms. Luckily, this was a onetime incident that I chock up to a change in my hormones.
Next Symptom – Hot Flashes
A few months later the hot flashes started, at first it was only in the morning when I woke up, I would feel hot and sweaty and need to throw off the blankets. Weeks later, I also began feeling these hot flashes when something stressful was occurring during the day. Then the hot flashes also started occurring when I would drink tea or soup. Then they would happen throughout the night, multiple times. When the hot flashes became a predictable occurrence each and every day throughout the day, I found myself tired from them, there was a cumulative exhaustion. I wanted to get on with my life, I didn’t want to be burdened with this torture.
I conferred with my menopause support group sisters and heard stories across the board, some woman explained that they been suffering for years with hot flashes. Some women found relief with hormone replacement therapy or HRT. Being a naturalist as I have always been, I don’t like medicine and will only consider it when all the natural options have been exhausted.
Some women suggested trying teas like cohosh and eliminating chocolate as well as some other nutritional changes that might help. I tried these and I would say that these worked to a degree, but it wasn’t until I tried apple cider vinegar that I started getting real relief. It was recommended by a few naturalists that I take two tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar (with ‘the mother’ an important part of the vinegar) in a cup of water twice a day, both morning and night. I figured I had nothing to lose and it wasn’t long before it began working, in less than a week. The theory behind this remedy is that as we get older our PH becomes too alkaline and prevents the body from functioning optimally, the vinegar works to correct the PH. With the PH in balance the body can successfully regulate its temperature and prevent the hot flash.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2020 Ariel Laur
Ariel Laur (author) from New York on October 25, 2020:
Lakshmi, thank you!
Lakshmi from Chennai on October 24, 2020:
Hi Ariel Laur,the article is very informative one,i've just heard about this symptom from my neighbour a week ago,thanks for the info.
Ariel Laur (author) from New York on October 24, 2020:
Kalpana, thank you! I hope you don't get any hot flashes, but if you do, I am glad to be of help!
Kalpana Iyer from India on October 24, 2020:
Thanks for the tip! I now know what to do if my hot flashes ever get more than I can handle.