What are Hot Flashes?
We've all witnessed it or had it happen to us. Hot flashes, sometimes referred to as hot flushes are characterized by a sudden and intense feeling of heat on your face and upper body. These hot flashes, that can last from a few seconds to nearly an hour, are often accompanied by sweating, increased heart rate, nausea, headache, anxiety, dizziness, and weakness. It is a suffocating feeling that often leaves your face red and sometimes finishes with an equally sudden chill.
Hot Flashes and Hormones: What Causes Hot Flashes?
One of the most recognizable symptoms of menopause are hot flashes. Much like every other menopausal symptom they are caused by a hormone imbalance in the body. Additionally, environmental, medicinal and nutritional aspects may also contribute to their frequency and strength.
The specific cause of hot flashes is often low estrogen and how that affects the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is the part of the brain that controls sleep, appetite, sex hormones, and body temperature. Diminished natural estrogen levels trick the hypothalamus into believing that the body is too hot. It then causes the hot flash as an attempt to rid the body of this nonexistent excess heat.
Hot flashes and hormones are directly related; you don't have to just deal with the inconvenience and uncomfortable feeling of a hot flash or hot flush. Natural hormone therapy is an ideal solution that takes care of the problem at its root; not just masking the issue. The bioidentical hormone therapy programs offered by BodyLogicMD starts by measuring the current levels of your hormones. Then you are prescribed with the customized solutions to get your body in balance, this includes a suggested nutrition, supplement and fitness program customized specifically for you that help maintain hormone stability. Once your hormones are balanced and back to normal you should experience relief from the perimenopause and menopausal symptoms and an end to hot flashes.
Contact the BodyLogicMD bioidentical hormone therapy doctor nearest you to schedule an appointment and learn more about how hormone therapy can take advantage of the connection between hot flashes and hormones to provide you with relief.