Menopausal hot flashes can cause you to sweat like there is no tomorrow. This can be very uncomfortable, not to mention embarrassing! But what can you do about it?
As with most menopause symptoms, hot flashes and sweating can be traced back to an imbalance in hormones. So the best thing to do is to tackle the root cause of the problem. But to better understand how to fix the problem, we need to first look at what exactly causes it…
What are hot flashes?
Hot flashes can usually be described as a sensation of intense heat in the upper body, followed by a increased heartbeat and a redness of the chest, neck and face.
It is often followed by excessive sweating, and it can last anywhere between 30 seconds and 5 minutes. However, frequency and intensity differs from one woman to the next
What causes excessive sweating during a hot flash episode?
As mentioned above, it is usually due to hormone imbalances; More specifically, a decrease in estrogen. This happens because estrogen has a big impact on the hypothalamus, which is responsible for regulating temperature in the body.
When estrogen levels drop, the hypothalamus causes the blood vessels to expand in order to release heat from the body. This causes the sudden feeling of heat, where after the body tries to cool itself down by triggering the sweat reaction.
These episodes may come and go for as little as a few months, all the up to several years. It is best to try and minimize their effect and occurrence as soon as possible. Here are some tips to help you cope…
Tips for dealing with excessive sweating hot flashes
- Wear cool, loose clothing.
- Avoid food-triggers like spicy food, alcohol, caffeine, and other common hot-flash inducers.
- Keep your bedroom cool with a fan or an air conditioner.
- Do regular exercise (30 minutes, at least 4 times a week)
- If you are a smoker – STOP!
- Lose some weight to help you keep cool.
- Use herbal remedies, like the Manna Menopause Support caplets to increase estrogen levels the natural way.