Specific Health Concern >> Hot Flashes
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In this video, Dr. Huntoon discusses the 4 Causes of ALL Health Concerns and what doctors often miss when it comes to understanding Hot Flashes.
Having this symptom is very unpleasant for a woman. Taking artificial or even "bio-identical" hormones will not be a true solution and you may end up spending lots of money, while increasing the likelihood of developing other health concerns over time. Do you really want to grow old this way?
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Hot Flashes have many potential causes, however what follows are the basic mechanics. Lack of Kidney/Adrenal System function can lead to inadequate raw materials necessary for the production of hormones, thus leading to hot flashes. Two basic aspects of the Kidney/Adrenal System are "yin" and "yang." Yin is cool, moist and nourishing. On the other hand, yang is hot, invigorating and moving (an example of yang gone "awry" would be one experiencing night sweats). Hormones can have more yin or more yang properties. For example, estrogen (which helps to prepare the body for and maintain pregnancy) may have more yang properties and progesterone (which helps prepare the uterus for receiving and nourishing a fertilized egg) may have more yin properties. Hormone balance (therefore Kidney yin and yang balance) is critical for normal body temperature.
When such hormones slip out of balance, many symptoms, including hot flashes, may result. The yin may become deficient, causing the yang to "rise" to the surface of the body causing an intense sensation of heat and possibly perspiration.
As you can see with this particular health imbalance, there is an underlying cause. The key to success in treating these problems lies in addressing the underlying issue described above to eliminate the problem over the long term. To speed up results, it is recommended that one minimally reduce or eliminate the intake of caffeine, deep-fried foods, dairy, sugar, preservatives in food, chemicals in food and municipal tap water (which most often contains chlorine and fluoride, considered by many as dangerous chemicals). It would also be necessary to supplement your diet with the necessary whole food building blocks to address the deficiencies that form the basis of this imbalance. Hot Flashes are very common in society today, but that doesn't mean it is normal nor does it mean it is something you have to suffer through.
Medicine does not have a lot to offer you if you experience hot flashes. Most medical doctors will tell you to avoid the triggers, exercise and consider HRT.
How Long Will I Have Hot Flashes?
Hot flashes vary among women going through menopause. Some women have hot flashes for a very short time during menopause while other women may have hot flashes for life. Generally, hot flashes are less severe as time passes.
Can I Prevent Hot Flashes?
You probably can't avoid hot flashes during menopause, but there are things that may bring them on more often or cause them to be more severe. To prevent hot flashes, avoid these triggers:
- Spicy foods
- Tight clothing
- Cigarette smoke
Other things you can do to keep hot flashes at bay include:
- Stay cool. Keep your bedroom cool at night. Use fans during the day. Wear light layers of clothes with natural fibers such as cotton.
- Try deep, slow abdominal breathing (six to eight breaths per minute). Practice deep breathing for 15 minutes in the morning, 15 minutes in the evening and at the onset of hot flashes.
- Exercise daily. Walking, swimming, dancing, and bicycling are all good choices.
- Try chill pillows. Cooler pillows to lay your head on at night might be helpful.
Talk to your doctor about taking hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, for a short time -- less than 5 years. This treatment prevents hot flashes in many women. Plus, it can help other symptoms of menopause, including vaginal dryness and mood disorders. Keep in mind that when you stop taking HRT, the hot flashes may come back. Short-term HRT carries some risks, including blood clots and gallbladder inflammation. If HRT is not right for you, there are other treatments that may offer relief. It is important to clear any new drugs (including over-the-counter) or supplements with your doctor before taking them.
Nonprescription treatments include:
- Vitamin B complex
- Vitamin E
Prescription treatments include:
- Low-dose depression drugs like fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), or venlafaxine (Effexor)
- Clonidine, a blood pressure medication
- Gabapentin, an antiseizure drug
- Brisdelle, a paroxetine formula specifically for hot flashes
- Duavee, a conjugated estrogens/bazedoxifene formula designed to treat hot flashes
Medicines Two Choices for You
Working with a Holistic Chiropractor is the best way to get a hold on this problem. If you feel you experience hot flashes because you have a hormonal imbalance, and you would like to look at the underlying cause, we can help you. Dr. Huntoon has years of experience helping women deal with their hormonal imbalances in a safe, effective and most importantly, Natural way!
Coming in for an evaluation to determine the balance / imbalance within your Kidney / Adrenal System would be prudent. Helping you to discover the necessary ingredients to your imbalance and supplementing them with the necessary whole food ingredients for you is the best course of action you can take.
Taking artificial hormones prescribed by your medical doctor is NOT the best way to deal with this imbalance, even if they call the "Bio-identical" hormones. Artificial hormones have been associated with an increase in the likelihood of cancer in your reproductive organs, and having your organs removed is not the ideal way to address this natural process of menopause.
Transitioning from being fertile and of childbearing age to being post menopausal and continuing to lead an active and energetic life is a natural process of aging. Buying into the notion that it is normal to have hormonal imbalances and you need to be on medication for this imbalance is not rational and if you address the underlying imbalance, it is also not necessary.
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