Hot flashes are one of the most common symptoms of menopause. They are often accompanied by a range of other troublesome symptoms including chills and cold feet. Such unpleasant menopausal side effects can be difficult to manage on a daily basis and often require treatment. The information below is designed to explain why you experience hot flash episodes and cold sensations, and how they can be treated.
What Are Hot Flashes and Cold Sensations?
Hot flashes can be defined as a feeling of intense heat in the upper body along with an increased heart rate, and flushing of the face, neck, and chest. As the body begins to cool down, women often experience chills, cold feet, and begin shivering. Nearly 75% of women experience hot flashes as they transition through menopause. Also, hot flash episodes and cold sensations can also be caused by poor blood circulation.
What Causes Hot Flashes and Cold Sensations?
The main trigger of hot flashes is thought to be a decreased level of estrogen. This hormonal imbalance affects the overall function of the body specifically that of the hypothalamus – part of the brain that regulates body temperature. The hypothalamus falsely detects an increased body temperature and chemicals are released to dilate the blood vessels near the skin so that heat is released and the body can cool down. The fluctuating hormone levels can cause women to experience hot flashes and have poor circulation that can make their feet cold.
Hot flash episodes and cold sensations typically disappear when a woman enters postmenopause. Most women stop having hot flashes five years after menopause. Unfortunately, for some women, hot flashes can persist for up to 10 years or longer. Read on to find out about managing hot flash episodes and cold sensations.
How Can I Manage Hot Flashes and Cold Sensations?
The following tips can help you to cope with hot flashes and cold sensations:
Eat a balanced diet (rich in protein, fiber, fruits, vegetables, and grains)
• Drink two liters of water every day
• Exercise regularly
• Stop smoking
• Keep room temperatures low
• Support your body with natural remedies
• Wear lightweight pajamas
• Avoid spicy foods, caffeine, and alcohol
• Avoid exercising three hours before going to bed
• Don't eat for at least two hours before going to bed
• Establish a regular sleep pattern
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