Whatever you want to call it, hot flashes, night sweats or hot flushes, there are a lot of people who suffer from this problem. Although there are many treatments, we believe that natural remedies for hot flashes is the way to go. In this post I will cover the best remedies available to you.
What causes hot flashes?
I’m glad you asked.
Hot flashes are usually caused by hormonal changes related to menopause but on some occasions can be caused by lifestyle as well as medications. A diminished level of estrogen has a direct effect on the hypothalamus, the part of the brain responsible for controlling your appetite, sleep cycles, sex hormones, and body temperature.
A drop in estrogen confuses the hypothalamus which is sometimes referred to as the body’s “thermostat” and makes it read “too hot.” The brain will react by sending an alert to the heart, blood vessels as well as the nervous system to diminish and reduce the heat. Your heart begins to pump a little faster while the blood vessels circulate more blood to try radiate off the heat as your sweat glands work to cool you down even more.
In the summer when it gets a little too hot, the body’s heat releasing mechanism stops you from overheating but unfortunately when this mechanism is triggered by a drop in estrogen the brain gets confused and responds making you feel very uncomfortable, especially at night time which usually results in excessive sweating.
Common Symptoms with Hot Flashes
The most common symptoms of hot flashes are:
- Intense Heat with Sweating
- Rapid Heartbeat
- Feeling of Suffocation
Not all women going through the stages of menopause will have these symptoms whilst others suffer from mild and infrequent flashes. However, many women experience dozens of hot flashes throughout the day and can cause great distress as well as a disturbance at night as it can be very difficult to get a good night’s sleep. This, unfortunately can lead to insomnia which can greatly affect concentration, mood, and can also lead to other physical problems as a result.
Hot Flash Prevention
Studies have shown over the years that medication is not the way to go and in most cases can cause more problems and show the least results. The best way to beat hot flashes is the natural way. There are a few natural remedies for hot flashes so let’s go through the most widely known treatments that have been documented to work most effectively.
We recommend that you try the least aggressive treatments first to avoid any complications early on. Most people have concluded that their stress levels where the largest determining factor when it came to hot flashes so the first step must be to analyze your lifestyle and try to point out any triggers that can be related to stress in your life and gradually take the necessary steps to resolve these issues first and foremost.
Keep a record for future reference and take notes to when you feel your hot flashes coming on. What were you eating, what exactly were you doing, how were you feeling at the time. If you try this method you may find a recurring pattern emerging after a week or two that is always present at the moment you get your hot flashes.