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What Causes Hot Flushes? May 6, 2015

Hot flushes on average last for four or five years and occur in up to 80 percent of women – though those on a vegetarian diet seem to fare better – and perhaps surprisingly they also occur in men undergoing certain hormone treatments for prostate cancer. You may have also experienced them during pregnancy as the hormone levels fluctuate in a similar way to menopause. 

We know exactly what a hot flush is – but despite many advances in science no one quite knows what causes our temperature to soar and makes us sweaty and uncomfortable.

All in your your head?

A team of researchers in the department of pathology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine believe they may have come closer to understanding the mechanism however.  It seems it may be related to a group of brain cells known as KNDy neurons as a likely control switch of hot flushes. KNDy neurons (are located in the hypothalamus, a portion of the brain controlling vital functions that also serves as the switchboard between the central nervous system and hormone signals.

It seems these neurons play extremely important roles in how the body controls its energy resources, reproduction and temperature. When you have a flush, your skin gets hot and you can see the redness of the skin. This is the body’s attempt to get rid of heat, just like sweating. Except that if you were to measure your body’s core temperature at that point, you would find it is not even elevated – however much it may feel as if you are within a fiery furnace.

Help for hot flushes:

This is just an experiment on rats so far, but we already know from other branches of science that our minds have a powerful effect on our bodies.  Staying calm during a flush is not always easy, but it will make a difference as stress is a major trigger so taking a deep breath, and having a cold drink will help.  

There are many simple tips you can employ to help keep cool and calm. 

The role of progesterone in helping to control flushes is not well acknowledged, but certainly is effective. It is very common for the temperature control mechanism to be upset during menopause when the levels of both oestrogen and progesterone are falling. It seems as if it is the changes and fluctuations in the hormone levels, rather than the levels of the hormones themselves, that cause a disturbance which leads to a hot flush.

As progesterone rebalances the hormones the symptoms come under control, but some women do find that they get fast relief from flushes by applying the cream during a flush or sweat to the inner wrist where the skin is thinner, and also to make the last application of the day immediately before going to bed as many have reported this has helped with sleep issues. 

If flushes are very severe, and not responding to progesterone alone, then you may be better with a combination cream such as 20-1 which has both progesterone and two natural oestrogens.

Further information:

These articles will be helpful if you are dealing with hot flushes and night sweats.

http://www.bio-hormone-health.com/2014/08/06/what-is-oestrogen-dominance/

http://anna.blog.wellsprings-health.com/2013/12/06/what-makes-hot-flushes-worse/

http://www.bio-hormone-health.com/2014/06/20/new-study-shows-natural-progesterone-reduces-hot-flashes-and-is-safe-for-the-heart/

http://www.bio-hormone-health.com/2012/12/17/progesterone-helps-flushes-in-post-menopausal-women/

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Menopause Monday – Sage Tea Experiment July 21, 2014

Filed under: Health,Nutrition — jax allen @ 7:30 am
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Well, it’s been a week since I began cutting down my coffee and swapping yo,Sage and lemon balm tea.

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I don’t know why I’ve wasted my money buying Mint tea bags? It’s so easy to make fresh tea from fresh herbs – you literally pour hot water onto herb leaves. No need for a strainer, bag or squeeze mechanism.

So, I now own 4 sage plants, 3 outside and one on my kitchen windowsill.
I’ve also invested in a glass tea pot – it has a fine sieve built into it- this makes it easy to see the brew in action. It also makes me feel that I’m having a truly clean drink.

How has the Sage tea worked for me? I do think the hot flashes ( I’ve been told they are Power Surges) have eased a lot. I’d gone from nothing to hourly flushes in just a week, quite a shock.

I do think that 3 or 4 cups a day has eased my symptoms a great deal. The surges are less frequent and less powerful!

I will continue with sage and try adding other fresh, soft herbs for variety.. I do like lemon balm, it’s a very fresh smell and taste. I’ve also noticed that my sweet tooth has gone.

Eat Clean. Train Hard. Feel Great.