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Hot flashes are one of the most annoying effects of menopause. It's estimated that about 75 percent of women experience them during menopause due to hormone fluctuations that affect the hypothalamus, the temperature control center in the brain.

Experts at the Mayo Clinic have these suggestions that might help alleviate hot flashes:

Stay cool and avoid abrupt changes in temperatures.

Layer clothing that you can take off or put on quickly.

Avoid spicy foods, hot beverages, caffeine and alcohol.

Eat foods rich in vitamin E and vitamin B, such as whole grains.

Don't smoke.

Avoid stress.

Get regular exercise.

Keep a record of what seems to trigger hot flashes -- it may help avoid them.

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