Do you find yourself dreading summer months in a way you never used to? As the temperature is rising, are you experiencing your own internal heat wave? If so, you are not alone. More than 70% of women in peri-menopause and menopause experience hot flashes and night sweats, which can cause excessive sweating, flushing and chills.
What causes Hot Flashes?
Although the exact biological mechanism of hot flashes is unknown, there are multiple influences, including neurotransmitter imbalances, such as serotonin, and a decline in estrogen production by the ovaries. Low estrogen, combined with extremely low progesterone, signals the hypothalamus (brain’s temperature control area), causing rapid elevations in body temperature and dilation of blood vessels, resulting in a hot flash. Hot flashes can cause interruption of daily activities, difficulty sleeping, anxiety, feeling out of control or helpless, and lack of intimacy. However, you don’t have to hibernate all summer long. Here are a few ways to beat the heat.
Dietary tips to reduce Hot Flashes:
For a more personalized treatment plan speak to your naturopathic doctor. Menopause is not a disease, but a shift in your hormonal status. Mild to moderate menopausal symptoms can be successfully addressed with non-hormonal treatment options. Salivary hormone testing, offered by most ND’s, can help determine where you are in your menopause journey and the right approach can be taken to balance hormones. In my practice, which is mainly focused on women’s health, I noticed that the thyroid and adrenal glands play a big role in menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes. Ovaries, thyroid and adrenal glands are like the three musketeers, if one is imbalanced it will affect the function of the others. Addressing the root cause of your hot flashes will help to beat the heat not only in the summer, but year-round, and give you your quality of life back. Wouldn’t that be nice?
Dr. Tatiana, N.D. is passionate about helping her patients achieve their health goals, by conducting a thorough assessment and addressing the root cause with an individualized treatment plan, using a variety of naturopathic modalities.