Hello Everyone! First, I just want to say I am excited and thankful for the opportunity to start contributing to the EmpowHER community and to help readers on their health journey. I look forward to sharing and learning from you as well. That said, I figured I would jump right into a subject I know many deal with on a daily basis.
Did you wake up this morning in the middle of a steam bath? Were your pajamas drenched with sweat? Welcome to the world of night sweats, and for others, hot flashes!
“What is going on, Dr. Bob?”
I would like to refer you to the second edition of my “Drugless Guide to Balancing Female Hormones” so you can get an in-depth understanding of the “nuts and bolts” of the physiology. Your hypothalamus, the CEO of your body, is doing what it can to have the pituitary in your brain to get your ovaries to secrete hormones. The pituitary continues to work hard and can become irritated, or even swollen, creating a huge surge of hormone fluctuations, resulting in a blood vessel response and a temperature surge as it attempts to make progesterone to balance your natural (or even synthetic) estrogens.
Women who experience menses issues throughout their lives are the ones who usually have more challenges with hot flashes than those who have been conscious of what they put in and on their bodies. I have discovered that women who eat sugar have adrenal glands that are exhausted and unable to produce enough progesterone and estrogen to solve all the hormonal requirements. The adrenal glands are located on top of each kidney and are your backup hormone pump, making female and male hormones. We, as a society, live in a sea of estrogen. Estrogen is everywhere -- in the food we eat, the water we drink, and the grass we walk on. The synthetic estrogens really confuse the entire body and are one of the many reasons I would suggest avoiding putting on anything onto your skin that is not pure.
You want a balance between progesterone and estrogen.