Surprising Triggers of Hot Flashes

Monday, June 29. 2020

I was reading an online article in EveryDay Health recently on the surprising triggers of hot flashes. Although the article mentions several triggers that I'm very well aware of I want to talk about three of the triggers that you may not here about often.

1. Emotions Why emotions: “Many women report getting hot flashes when they’re having an emotional response to something,” Dr. Gass says. That’s because stressful emotions make the blood rush to our skin’s surface, triggering a hot flash. It’s similar to becoming “red in the face” when we’re angry or feeling “flushed with emotion.” That explains why my body would heat up when I would get stressed. I felt a wave of heat coming upon my body and sometimes I would sweat profusely. Other times, I wouldn't. One of the ways I get rid of stress is by working out. I do pilates primarily because its a low impact exercise that helps me to tone and tighten my core and overall body. It's a great way to release energy and it certainly improves my mood and my mental health. Pilates has helped me to achieve great balance and superior flexibility. I feel so awesome after a thirty minute pilates session. Ladies here are some suggestions on ways to relieve stress. Watch a funny video, low impact exercise, talking to a friend/mentor who is inspring/encouraging, or simply lighting a fragrant candle and listening to classical musical with the lights dimmed.

2. Sure exercise is a great way to relieve stress and decrease hot flashes ,however Dr Gass says that cardiovascular exercises boosts your heart rate. A boosted heart rate is good for your health but the body temperature rises with your heartbeat. It will have you feeling very heated. My daily exercise regimen consist of pilates and sometimes I'll jog on the treadmill or outside. Since those exercises are low impact, I don't experience a heat rush/wave or hot flash while doing those.

3. Tight clothing is another trigger. Tight clothing – especially when made from “unbreathable” fabrics like nylon, spandex or polyester – keeps you toasty by preventing body heat from escaping through your skin says Dr Gass. I remember wearing tight jeans and a wave of heat would hit my chest first and move all the way to my head. Since I didn't want to give my fitted jeans up, I wear jeggings or jean leggings which work well for me. They can be very stretchy and accomodating depending upon the brand. Ladies, it really is a good idea to wear clothing that isn't so tight and that will allow the skin to breathe. Remember the fabric that you wear is a big part of how well your skin will breathe and ultimately how well you'll feel.


Those three triggers were discussed because some women may not be aware of how some of our behaviors can affect how we feel and ultimately cause a hot flash.

Staying Cool While Your Core Is Raging

Wednesday, June 24. 2020

Unfortunately, perimenopause brings a fair amount of heat with it. Yes I am talking about those CRAZY hot flashes. My hot flashes were severe so I had to immediately address the issue. I would get extremely hot to the touch from the waist up to my head. I've listed fifty ways in "Withstanding The Fire: Surviving The Big P" to cool down. Right now, I'll mention three ways that helped me to get through the day and night.

1. At the onset of a hot flash, I would run both of my wrists under extremely cold water for atleast a minute to two minutes of time. It would rapidly lower my body temperature and I felt a little cooler right away.

2. I took a certain blend of herbs. The herbs stopped my night sweats in its tracks. Within 3 days of me taking the herbs, my night sweats stopped completely and I was able to sleep through the night. They really worked for me. (The herbs are mentioned in my book).

3. Also, I bought a hand held mist fan with varying speeds. At the onset of a hot flash, I would sit down and fan myself until it passed. The mist fan really helped me to cool down.

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Sunday, June 21. 2020

This ebooklet is about my perimenopause journey. I want to share with other women how I healed my body and balanced my hormones naturally. (No, it didn't happen overnight). I decided that eating to balance my hormones was a better option for me after researching the side effects of certain medications and procedures geared towards alleviating/decreasing perimenopause symptoms. Of course the side effects varies from woman to woman. Also, It appears that your mental health may be affected.

One of the ways I balanced my hormones naturally was to remove refined carbs from my diet. White rice, white pasta, white bread and fried potatoes have always been a staple in my diet. I gradually removed each one of them. Yes, it was very challenging for me initially but I took it day by day. After a month of eliminating those refined carbs from my diet, I felt much better. I replaced the refined carbs with complex carbs. That change has made a big difference with my health overall.

Remember, what may work for me may not work for you.. As always, please consult a medical professional to discuss all of your options regarding perimenopause treatment.

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Wednesday, June 17. 2020

It has been one year since I've experienced a hot flash!!!!! (I'm feeling so blessed)! I feel absolutely amazing!!!!! I'm so determined to share my journey with other women. I want other women to know that lifestyle changes really do matter. Sometimes lifestyle changes can make all the difference in the world. Lifestyle changes include diet, environment, exercise and even challenging one's mind. Certainly prayer has played a major role in my well being, however faith without works is dead. (James 2:26)

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