Hot flashes affect 75% of women going through menopause. But there seems to be a bit of mystery about why that is. Today, we’ll talk about what causes hot flashes, and what you can do about them.
Most women associate hot flashes with menopause, and the truth is, they can make your life miserable. For one, they’re unpredictable. You can have hot flashes multiple times an hour, or just occasionally. Some women just feel kind of flushed and warm, while others are sweating constantly.
So how do you know if you’re having a hot flash?
The first sign that you’re having a hot flash will be the rush of heat, sometimes followed by a flushing of your skin. Your skin will feel very hot, and you may feel as if you’re going to faint. You may notice your cheeks and chest getting red and flushed. Your sense of heat will not make sense to the environment, because even if everyone else is cold, you’ll feel like you’re burning up. A hot flash comes in a wave, and feels like it starts in your chest then goes up your neck into your face, and then spreads throughout your body.
So what causes them?
In short, hot flashes are caused by hypothalamic dysregulation. Your hypothalamus controls your body’s temperature regulation, and when your hypothalamus becomes dysregulated by your falling estrogen levels, it’s as if you’ve lost your internal thermostat. You cannot regulate your own body temperature, resulting in hot flashes.
Hot flashes can be irritating, but they’re very treatable.
The key to overcoming hot flashes is balancing your hypothalamus. You can do this by taking nutraceuticals or using hormone replacement therapy. Because it’s the lack of estrogen dysregulating your hypothalamus and causing the hot flashes, it’s important to be sure you’re getting enough estrogen. However, some of you may know that you cannot use estrogen without using progesterone. Remember that progesterone protects you from estrogen’s growth-promoting effects, helping to keep tumors at bay.
Typically, healthcare providers tend to prescribe a synthetic version of progesterone called progestin to protect the uterine lining. However, synthetic progestin is not natural progesterone, and it has a lot of side effects, such as elevated LDL cholesterol, depression, and weight gain. And most importantly, progestin does not protect the rest of the tissues, including the breasts, the colon, the skin, the brain.
The safest and most effective way to treat hot flashes is to balance your hypothalamus. The best way to balance your hypothalamus is with a nutraceutical, designed to support your hypothalamus’ whole function, not just its temperature regulation.
I created Genesis Gold® in order to support the hypothalamus in its entire function, including temperature regulation, and it is particularly effective at mitigating hot flashes.
If your hot flashes are extreme, meaning you have more than a few an hour, then you should take extra Sacred Seven® amino acids, which are amino acids that are formulated specifically to balance the hypothalamus. These are plant-based amino acids, and while they’re in Genesis Gold®, taking extra Sacred Seven® for one to three months when you first begin hypothalamic balancing with Genesis Gold® can make a huge difference in mitigating your hot flashes very quickly and resetting your hormone balance.
We talk a lot about the best ways to deal with hot flashes in our Hormone Support Group, which we’d love for you to join! You can access our group by joining our Hormone Reboot Training.