Get a Handle on Hot Flashes

Most women are lead to believe that the cause of hot flashes and night sweats is because the estrogen level in our bodies is going down. That’s not really true; once the level of estrogen decreases in our bodies, it doesn’t come back, and yet hot flashes usually continue until after menopause.

Your body and mind are very happy when your hormones are in balance. But when the demands of even everyday life is too overwhelming, your body finds it rather difficult to keep those hormones in proper balance. When an imbalance occurs, that is when the hot flashes and night sweats start.

The years just prior to menopause are called perimenopause, which is when the imbalance will start to occur. And consequently, so do those nasty hot flashes and night sweats.

There are certain factors that can increase the amount of hot flashes and the severity of each one. Some of these are;
* Anxiety without the depression
* Smoking
* Being overweight
So if hot flashes and night sweats are hitting you with a vengeance, then maybe your body is trying to tell you something. It’s time to listen.

For many years women were prescribed hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for the relief of hot flashes. Time and studies have shown that this type of therapy was not exactly a ‘one size fits all’ answer. Women are learning that there are natural alternatives in dealing with the change of life, and are becoming more educated. There are several different options available to you. Talking to a health care professional about which one is right for you is recommended.

Once you can get a grip on how you want to handle your hormone imbalance, you can start to learn to prioritize the daily demands that are being placed on you. Keep in mind that healthy eating, exercise, and plenty of water are also very important factors in maintaining good health. Good luck and keep cool.

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