It’s freezing outside, so why do I still feel like I want to jump into an ice cold swimming pool?
The warm weather of summer might be a trigger for hot flashes, but it is certainly not the only reason why they happen. Even though it does not seem to make sense, cold weather can actually be more to blame for hot flashes than warm weather.
How does cold weather cause me to feel hot?
You would imagine that cold weather helps keep hot flushes away. This is not the case seeing that hot flashes and other menopause symptoms are in reality caused by fluctuating hormone levels inside the body.
So what triggers these hormones to make you feel hot in the winter?
The simple answer is sudden changes in temperature.
Picture yourself walking outside early in the morning to take out the garbage bin before you get ready for work. The air is so cold that every time you breathe out it looks like you are smoking three cigarettes at once. You hurry back inside to the comfort of your warm, cosy home.
But instead of feeling warm and cosy, you are struck with a sudden heat wave, your face turns red, and beads of sweat start to form on your forehead.
Why Does This Happen?
It is all thanks to a part of the brain called the hypothalamus. This tiny part at the base of the brain is vital to many functions in the body like sleep, hunger, mood, sex drive, and yes – temperature control.
The hypothalamus helps produce all the hormones that are necessary to perform these bodily functions. But when the estrogen levels in the body decrease during menopause, it can cause a glitch in the hypothalamus.
This glitch means that the hypothalamus is not able to accurately measure and regulate the body’s temperature.
The hypothalamus thinks that the body is too hot or too cold and then takes action in order to rectify this problem and get the body to a normal temperature.
In the case of hot flashes, the hypothalamus thinks that the body is too hot and needs cooling down. It then sends more blood closer to the surface of the skin, which causes you to become red in the cheeks and feel warm in your face.
It also sends the sweat glands working overtime, which is why you might find yourself in a puddle of sweat when it is 5 degrees outside.
The opposite may also be true. The hypothalamus might also regulate your body temperature in such a way that you start feeling even colder.
This is a bit more than just a shiver down your spine. It is a deep frozen-to-the-bone type cold. And don’t think that turning up the heating and snuggling up under your duvet is going to help much to make you feel warm in this case…
How can I prevent these hot flashes from happening during winter?
The first place to start is knowing what triggers these hot flash episodes in the first place.
Common Triggers of hot flashes:
- Spicy foods like peppers and spices are always something to be wary of.
- Warm environments like saunas or overly heated rooms.
- Devices that give off heat such as fireplaces, hair dryers, and heaters.
- Stress caused by work, finances, relationships or anything else.
- Anxiety or other emotional stressors.
- Smoking cigarettes or other tobacco products.
- Overconsumption of caffeine, alcohol, and sugar.
- Diet pills.
There are also certain precautions you can take to minimise the risk of hot flashes flaring up…
Precautions to take against hot flashes:
- Have a cooling device on standby in your home. Air conditioning, ceiling fans, floor fans, and even small personal handheld fans are good to have at your disposal.
- Avoiding being rushed. It can quickly raise the body’s temperature and trigger a hot flash episode.
- Keep ice water or a cold beverage on hand during the day and night.
- Take a cool shower before bed.
- Use cotton sheets and avoiding silk or synthetics.
Health Tips for Fighting Hot Flashes:
- Practice slow, diaphragmatic breathing
- Eat a balanced diet, like the Manna Diet which can help to eliminate sugar and refined carbohydrates
- Aim for a vitamin E intake of 800mg/day
- Take the Manna Menopause Support Supplement to help increase estrogen in a natural way
- Consider B vitamin levels
- Increase soy protein intake
- Stay hydrated – drink enough clean water
- Exercise regularly
- Consider meditation
Anything else that could help?
A good, natural menopause supplement like the Manna Menopause Supplement can go a long way in helping to deal with menopausal symptoms.
Using it along with the right dietary choices and exercise routine can help you take menopause and turn it into a great lifestyle changing opportunity!
Natural supplements, like the Manna Menopause Support, can be a safe and effective treatment option, because it does not have the threat of cancer risk like hormone replacement therapies.
The Manna Menopause Support was formulated with phyto-estrogens, soy isoflavones, calcium and vitamin D to help curb menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes, mood swings and night sweats.
Manna Menopause Support helps to
- Relief hot flushes, leaving you feeling less sweaty
- Balance mood fluctuation
- Increase energy levels, helping you get through the day easier
- Increase Libido
- Reverse vaginal dryness
- Deeper Sleep
- Improve memory and brain function
- Helps to manage stress
- Help increase stamina
- Helps reduce osteoporosis
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“The best product I have used so far and I’m using it for a year now. Before starting on Manna I suffered from hot flushes/ night sweats/no sleep and terrible mood swings. HRT was definitely not an option for me, so I tried Manna and it really has helped me. The fact that it’s all natural is such a plus. I won’t use anything else. Thank you, Manna, for an excellent product.” – Gwen
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