The Cause of Hot Flashes
The cause of hot flashes can be due
to a wide variety of conditions. Diabetes, hypoglycemia, high
blood pressure, severe anxiety, GERD, cancer, infections, drug and alcohol
abuse, hormone disorders and neurological conditions can all be the
cause of hot flashes and night sweats.
Another cause of hot flashes to consider
is medication. There are many medications that can be the cause of
hot flashes as a side affect including antipsychotics, tamoxifen,
hydralazine, nitroglycerine and Sildenafil (Viagra). Many over-the-counter
medicines can also induce hot flashes and night sweats. You should seek
advice from your doctor if you feel that any medical condition or prescription
medication is the cause of hot flashes and night sweats.
However, the most common cause of hot
flashes in women is perimenopause (or premenopause) and menopause. Premenopause
is a natural phase in a woman’s life that begins when the body starts
shutting down its reproductive process. Menopause is officially reached
once you have finished your last period. Often your doctor will wait
until a full twelve months without any menstruation before declaring
the last day of your last period the onset of menopause.
The body will begin to make less female
hormones during the premenopause stage, which triggers the ovaries to
stop functioning and menstruation to cease. Often the female hormones
of estrogen and progesterone will fluctuate quite dramatically during
this time and cause a variety of distressing menopause symptoms. The
cause of hot flashes is due to these hormone fluctuations and the reduction
of estrogen in the body.
Estrogen is used by the hypothalamus
within the brain to help regulate your body temperature and also affects
other body functions, such as sexual appetite and sleep cycles. The
hormone changes that occur before and during menopause create a deregulation
of body temperature by the hypothalamus. The cause of hot flashes
and night sweats is due to the hypothalamus falsely thinking your body
is overheating, which produces a sudden, intense reaction.
Hot flashes and night sweats are two
of the most common menopause symptoms and often become quite distressing
to the individual due to their severity, frequency and intensity. This
makes it important to get your menopause symptoms under control to prevent
them from disrupting your sleep, daily activities and over sense of
The cause of hot flashes can often be
found in common triggers that seem to bring them about more often and
much more severely. These triggers include stress, anxiety, alcohol,
cigarettes, spicy foods and hot beverages. You should also avoid tight,
thick and restrictive clothing as well as hot baths, hot showers and
saunas. You should also turn your thermostat down a few degrees and
try to keep your bedroom as cool as possible at night when trying to
You may be prescribed hormone replacement
therapy to treat your menopause symptoms. While these may help to some
degree, they have not been shown to be overly effective in eliminating
hot flashes. They are also now known to significantly raise your risk
for heart disease, strokes, blood clots, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
There are many natural menopause herbs
and supplements that successfully address the causes of hot flashes
and night sweats during menopause without the risk of synthetic hormones.
Don Quai and Black Cohosh have both been proven to be highly effective
treatments for hot flashes and night sweats. Both create a better hormonal
balance and reduce the frequency, severity and intensity of hot flashes
during menopause. Consider our Women’s Natural Balance™ (click here to view);
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Other natural menopause ingredients included our Women’s Natural Balance™ (click here to view), for hot flashes and night sweats are Mexican wild yams, soy isoflavones, sage extract and red clover. These herbs and supplements are included, along with many other safe and effective ingredients, in Women’s Natural Balance. This can be used as a daily supplement to successfully treat the cause of hot flashes. Women’s Natural Balance can bring you the menopause relief you seek from both hot flashes and night sweats.