Hot flashes, also known as hot flushes, are unpleasant symptoms that are experienced by 75-85% of menopausal women. Symptoms of hot flashes can include feeling hot, sweating, redness of the face and neck, rapid heart rate, anxiety, dizziness, headache or weakness. The duration, frequency and severity of hot flashes varies from woman to woman and can occur anytime of the day. Symptoms may be minimal if there is a slow decline in estrogen levels, or they can be severe if there is a rapid decline (as in surgical menopause).
Hot flashes that cause sweating at night are known as night sweats. Hot flashes are more common at night because estrogen levels are the lowest at night.
Hot flashes are caused by low estrogen levels. Estrogen plays an important role in regulating body temperature. Low estrogen levels result in a loss of body temperature regulation, which tricks the body into feeling overheated, even though the body is at a normal temperature. Hot flashes are the result of your body trying to adapt to the false sense of being overheated.
A healthy lifestyle characterized by proper nutrition, regular exercise, avoidance of environmental toxins and stress reduction can reduce the severity and frequency of hot flashes. You can also reduce the number of hot flashes by avoiding warm environments, heaters, hair dryers, spicy foods and drinks, cigarettes and overconsumption of alcohol.
If these techniques do not provide a desired level of relief, resolution of the symptoms can be achieved with hormone balance using bioidentical hormones. At Genemedics Health Institute, we have worked with thousands of women to relieve hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause through the use of bioidentical hormone therapy. Our programs are all customized to each woman’s unique biology, with the goal of restoring hormone levels to those you experienced in your 20s and 30s. Genemedics Health Institute medical doctors will also prescribe a healthy nutrition plan, supplementation plan with pharmaceutical-grade supplements and exercise program. Together, your healthy lifestyle changes and hormone replacement program will completely eliminate the hot flashes and any other unpleasant menopausal symptoms you may be suffering with.
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