Articles. Join the healthy conversation.

YOGA VS. HOT FLASHES Print

Reduces Menopausal Symptoms by 31%

 

Summer heat can aggravate the hot flashes experienced by 85% of menopausal women. Fortunately, there’s a way to beat the hormonal heat – with yoga.

Hot flashes and night sweats occur when fluctuating estrogen levels confuse the hypothalamus, setting off a cascade of cooling mechanisms, including perspiration. University of California, San Francisco researchers chose 14 menopausal women who experienced at least four hot flashes a day and introduced them to a yoga routine. After eight weeks, the women reported an average 31% reduction in hot flash symptoms. Other research found that meditative breathing exercises reduced such symptoms by 44%.

Stress, like soaring temperatures, is another hot flash trigger. Yoga helps there, too, by reducing levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Yoga also improves sleep quality: Harvard researchers found that daily yoga practitioners fell asleep 30% faster and woke 35% less often than a control group.

Bonus: Watch actress Mariel Hemingway talk about her commitment to yoga and healthy eating, and go grocery shopping with the DNI’s comprehensive guide to “Eating for Yoga.”


Share Your Thoughts!

What is 8 + 18 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:
IMPORTANT! To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math.