Hot Flash causes in Menopause include some of the very common lifestyle and dietary habits that you have come to build over time! These regular acts often slowly push your health to the brink. And it hurts the most when your body is either weak or going through a transition phase as in Menopause.
Hot Flash symptoms affect nearly 80% of menopausal women. In fact, Hot Flashes are considered to be the cardinal symptoms of women undergoing Menopause. Usually, hot flashes start to increase in frequency and intensity during later years of perimenopause.
What causes Hot Flashes?
Anything that hampers the functioning of brain and body in controlling the core temperature can result in a feeling of excessive heat or coldness.
Poor Circulation causes Hot Flashes
The root cause of hot flashes is poor circulation! A malfunctioning circulatory system disrupts both:
- The flow of energy through the body
- The flow of neural signals from brain to the body and vice-versa
In short, poor circulation hampers body temperature control by the brain. This leads to frequent violations of body core temperature zone. Hence, it causes episodes of perspiration and chills or hot flushes.
This leads to a vicious circle that causes:
- Poor heat dissipation leading to a general feeling of heat, even when others around you are comfortable
- Irregular heat dissipation from the body. This leads to typical hot flash symptoms, which often get triggered by food, emotions, or environment.
Toxin-Build up causes Poor Circulation
Usually, aging slows down our circulatory function. Additionally, when your body channels are blocked due to toxin build up, it further hampers our body’s circulation. This is what happens during perimenopause!
A woman undergoes physical, mental, and hormonal transition during menopause. It makes her vulnerable to health imbalances related to nutritional deficiencies, poor circulation, and poor digestion.
Hence, she needs support through a nourishing diet, optimal level of physical activity, and mental balance. In absence of which, she experiences functional symptoms and hot flashes being one of such menopause symptoms.
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What are the triggers of Hot Flashes?
Hot Flash triggers usually involve factors that tend to suddenly change our body’s core temperature. It can be in the form of food, environmental factors such as heat, or emotional factors such as stress.
On top of this, if one is experiencing hormonal imbalances such as insulin resistance, it will further aggravate the condition. Here are some triggers to Hot Flashes:
- Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar levels often trigger Hot Flashes or Night Sweats. This is primarily rooted in insulin resistance. As most of the episodes of hypoglycemia happen in the night, one is prone to Night Sweats.
- A hot flash can be triggered during an adrenal rush, which is caused by an emotional rush such as fear, anxiety, anger, or embarrassment.
- Constriction of heat flow from the body due to an un-ventilated and warm set-up.
- Tight clothing also leads to poor circulation and triggers hot flashes.
- Certain foods such as Spicy foods and Sour tasting foods.
- Stress caused by mental or physical factors can also lead to hot flashes in males and females.
- Smoking aggravates the symptoms and increases the frequency of hot flashes.
What can cause hot flashes other than menopause?
Hot flashes can be experienced in multiple other cases as listed below. Usually, the severity of the symptoms vary with individual and health condition.
- Hyperthyroidism patients may also suffer from frequent hot flashes.
- Hot flashes may happen in pregnancy as well, specifically in the first and second trimesters.
- Certain medications such as androgen deprivation therapy in males or Lupron for infertility treatment can also trigger hot flash symptoms
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