Natural Remedies for Hot Flashes

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Hot flashes can be a problem for both men and women.

Hot flashes occur with unexpected perspiration that comes out of nowhere with intense waves of heat. You may get drenched in sweat, a flushed face, clammy skin, blotchy chest, and/or chills afterward.

This video is about how to help the hormone system and decrease/stop hot flashes.

For women: 80% of women have hot flashes, which is the most common symptom of menopause. They can begin years before your periods actually stop. During menopause, the thyroid and adrenal glands are supposed to take over hormone production for the ovaries, but this switch isn’t instantaneous and it can cause an overload in hormones which in turn triggers a hot flash.

The imbalance in hormones can cause sleep disturbances, mood swings, decrease in libido, weight gain, brain fog, depression, sexual dysfunction, and more. Often the medical interventions used to combat hot flashes for women are hormone replacement therapy. Estrogen can be a concern for increasing the risk for breast cancer and blood clots. Some providers use progesterone, which I think is the miracle hormone.

Caution for Soy products: Soy contains large quantities of phytoestrogens, chemicals that act like estrogen in the body. Inflammatory foods, antidepressants, and smoking are also risk factors for hot flashes. ______________________________________________________________________

Treatment ideas:

  • Balance body chemistry: CBC, CMP
  • Thyroid evaluation: T3, T4, TSH
  • Pituitary function and balance
  • Hormone assay: estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEAS, and cortisol

Ragland’s Test: Take blood pressure lying down and standing up; evaluates the body’s stress response.

Black Cohosh: a popular herb for treating hot flashes. Researchers believe it binds with estrogen receptors and/or stimulates serotonin receptors.

Supplement considerations:

  • Female Support: Female Adapt  
  • Adrenal Support: Adrenal Adapt
  • Essential Fatty Acids: Ultra Omega
  • DIM: Hormone scavenger that gets rid of extra hormones
  • DHEA: regulates stress
  • Manganese: helps regulate the pituitary function (not magnesium)

For Men:

  • Testosterone precursors help the body make its own testosterone rather than synthetic/replacement therapy.
  • Male Support: Gladiator or Symplex M __________________________________________________________________

This is just a quick overview of hot flashes. If you're struggling with hormone imbalance the best way for us to help you is to first do an evaluation. Schedule an appointment

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