The Menopausal Hot Flash

What is a Hot Flash and Hot Flash Treatments

Expert’s Name: Robin Pruitt

Hot flashes can range from a mild inconvenience to a miserably uncomfortable burden. They’re annoying, inconvenient and can deprive you of sleep. I’ve heard it said that some women actually enjoy the warm sensation, but I’ve never met a woman who felt that way! I personally don’t enjoy them at all.

But sometimes I choose to have one.

The physiology of a hot flash isn’t entirely clear, but it is the result of the body’s efforts to deal with hormonal fluctuations and imbalance. We can do some things to aid the hormonal balance, but short of taking prescription drugs or hormone replacement therapies we can’t change the fact that menopause is a time of intense hormonal fluctuation.

On the other hand, although we may not always realize it, we have total control over the food we eat—after all; nothing goes in our mouths unless we raise the fork or glass to our own lips. And it turns out that this can make a huge difference in how we feel going through menopause.

Our bodies are very responsive to what we feed ourselves. When we consume the Standard American Diet filled with hormone-laden beef and dairy products, conventionally grown produce grown in depleted soils and sprayed with toxic pesticides, and processed foods containing an assortment of chemical additives and preservatives, then wash all that down with sodas sweetened with the unnatural sweetener high fructose corn syrup or chemical artificial sweeteners, our bodies must work overtime to sift the available nutrients out of the substances we eat and filter out and dispose of all the chemicals.

And that’s before adding a flood of excess hormones to the system. During menopause, a changing variety of hormonal substances courses through our bodies, taxing an already challenged eliminatory system. Like Lucy on the chocolate candy assembly line, sometimes there’s just more “coming along” than the system is set up to handle. A hot flash is like an overflow signal.

Hot Flash Triggers
During this physically challenging time we can ease the chemical burden on our bodies by limiting our intake of processed foods, choosing organic foods whenever possible, and drinking lots of filtered water. It also helps to pay attention to possible relationships between particular foods or situations and the occurrence of hot flashes. Common trigger foods include caffeine, spicy foods and alcohol. Heat, stress and smoking are common non-food triggers. However, we are all individuals, and you may have individualized triggers. For instance, one woman I know can count on having a hot flash if she eats potatoes.

So, why would I choose to have a hot flash? Well, one of my triggers is coffee, but occasionally I enjoy a really good cup of coffee. It often comes with a hot flash chaser, but because I know that, I can decide when the delicious pleasure of a good cup of coffee outweighs the discomfort of a hot flash.

The point is that if you take steps to reduce the quantity of chemical additives that your system has to deal with and develop an awareness of the foods most likely to overwhelm your system, you can have a choice about how you feel.

And that can make you feel better about everything.

Dr. Tamara MacDonald

330-460-5155 
LinkedIn: tamara-macdonald
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