How To Effectively Manage Hot Flashes

Hot flashes are a common conversation amongst women due to their bothersome and frustrating qualities. Hot flashes occur when there are low testosterone levels, increased cortisol, stress hormones, and low beta– endorphin levels.

These fluctuations in estrogen levels can cause many symptoms, but one of the most widespread and troublesome are hot flashes. Here are 4 surprisingly simple ways to manage your hot flashes at home.

Keep Cool

In addition to controlling room temperature and other external conditions, keep ice water on hand during the day and night. You can also try using a cold pack  under or near your pillow.

Air conditioning is a major plus in helping to relieve symptoms of hot flashes. However, if air conditioning is not an option for you, keeping a fan nearby will do the job and can feel like an oasis during a hot flash.

Wear Lighter Clothing

Wearing clothes made of linen, rayon, and cotton are preferable because these fabrics are more breathable and light. Avoid wearing solid colors—especially dark, tight clothing. Avoid wearing hats, unless the weather outside requires one.

Learn To Identify Hot Flash Triggers

Were you in a hot environment? What time of day did the hot flash occur? Were you feeling emotional at the time?

Avoiding the common triggers of hot flashes is another way to combat hot flashes. By making lifestyle changes, trying herbal remedies, and practicing deep breathing techniques, you can reduce the severity and frequency of your hot flashes.

If you want to have more control over your hot flashes, focus on lowering your stress level as best you can.

Eat Healthy

Having an unbalanced diet can also exacerbate hot flashes. Balanced nutrition provides the nutrients your body needs to fuel daily activities, and helps to improve your overall health.

Eat moderate amounts of meat, fish, and dairy foods; have small amounts of foods high in fat, especially saturated fat, or foods high in salt.

Avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco can also help to reduce the severity of your hot flashes.

By following these four simple guidelines, you will be well on your way to taking control over your hot flashes, and ultimately your life. If you have any questions or concerns about your hot flashes please contact Nova Health Therapy or visit our website to take our Hormone Balance Test.

Hot Flashes, Night Sweats and Real Help

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The approach of menopause often brings unpleasant symptoms such as

changes in your period (time between periods may fluctuate and flow may change)
thinning bones and bone loss
thinning hair
vaginal dryness and painful sex
hot flashes (warm flushing of face, neck, and chest with or without sweating)
night sweats (the nighttime version of hot flashes, which may disrupt sleep and cause tension or anxiety)
These symptoms vary from individual to individual and are caused by decreasing levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Women who are bothered by one or more of these symptoms can use hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to alleviate them. HRT medications may use estrogen only or estrogen with progestin (for women whose menopause was not caused by surgical removal of the uterus).

There are basically two choices for HRT:

HRT with synthetic hormones
HRT using bioidentical (natural) hormones
Natural hormones are identical in composition to those produced naturally in a woman’s body and are formulated with plant materials such as yams and soy. These bioidentical or natural hormones will be used by the body just as it used the hormones that it naturally produced prior to the onset of menopause. HRT with natural hormones will restore bone density and greatly reduce the risk of Osteoporosis, relieve hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness, and even offer additional benefits such as a reduced risk of depression, better sleep, improved muscles mass, and even a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Contact us for additional information on Natural HRT and ask about our other services!

Hot Flashes: Are Your Hormones Making You Miserable?

Power surges. Solar flares. An alternative heat source. The jokes about women’s symptoms during “the change” are seemingly endless but are no laughing matter if you’re the one living them. Hot flashes can range from relatively mild to a sudden and overwhelming feeling of unbearable heat, and are a normal part of more than half of all women’s aging experience.
As your body moves toward menopause, levels of Estrogen drop. These lower hormone levels may send a false signal to your brain that your body’s temperature is too high, and your body tries to make quick changes to cool down. The heat rushes you feel are from things like an increased heart rate and dilated blood vessels. Since hormone levels can fluctuate wildly during perimenopause, hot flashes can seem completely unpredictable. Some women experience these symptoms all the way through menopause and even for a year or more after menstruation has ended. Every woman’s body is different – some women only experience mild symptoms that last a short time, while others have extreme hot flashes that interfere with daily life and may require medical treatment.

If you’re a woman who finds hot flashes are interfering with your life or are even unbearable, there are treatments that can help. Talk with your doctor to explore methods of balancing your hormone levels so you’re not sweating through three changes of clothing every day or wishing you could crawl inside the freezer. Hormone replacement therapy is one way you can gently balance your fluctuating hormone levels and help make your hot flashes manageable.

Topics: Menopause, Hormones, Natural hormone therapy, Health, women, hot flashes

How to Survive Hot Flashes

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Hot flashes are sudden spurts of warmth, generally over the face, neck, and chest that cause perspiration, a flushed appearance, and rapid heartbeat. Most commonly associated with menopause, hot flashes vary from woman to woman in frequency and duration.

Causes

Hot flashes are attributed to the changes in a woman’s reproductive hormones (estrogen and progesterone) and in the body’s hypothalamus (thermostat). For reasons unknown, a drop in estrogen effects the hypothalamus, making the body think it is “too hot”. The body responds to fend off the unwanted heat and the result is a “hot flash”.

Risk Factors

Some women never get hot flashes while others suffer with them for years. Certain risk factors may increase your chance of hot flashes, including smoking, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, and ethnicity.

Surviving a Hot Flash

Although you may not be able to avoid a hot flash, there are some things you can do to survive one!

  • Avoid the Triggers – alcohol, caffeine, spicy food, hot showers, and smoking can trigger a hot flash.
  • Exercise can reduce hot flashes.
  • Diet and Nutrition – consider a low-fat diet.
  • Dress in Layers so you can peel them off one layer at a time as your symptoms intensify.
  • Avoid Turtlenecks.
  • Wear Cotton, Linen, or Rayon.
  • Take a Cool Shower Before Bed.
  • Keep Ice Water Handy.
  • Start a “Hot Flash” Journal – record what you ate before your hot flash to determine if there are any triggers.
  • Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy can rebalance your hormones, and offer relief from hot flashes and many other discomforts associated with hormones.

Hot flashes may not be preventable, but we can take steps to live with them by being proactive about our health. If you’re fed up with the symptoms of menopause or aren’t sure if your hormone levels are low, take our online hormone assessment test. In less than 2 minutes you can complete the questions and get personal recommendations from our clinicians about your hormones.