Sunday, March 28, 2010
Hot flashes and Night Sweats are the most common menopausal symptom, affecting anywhere from 50 to 85 percent of women.
Declining estrogen levels are usually to blame for hot flashes at menopause. However, women with high estrogen levels or fluctuating estrogen levels also experience hot flashes. And women with normal estrogen levels can still experience hot flashes if they have low testosterone or progesterone.
Hot flashes often occur before or during the menstrual period during perimenopause. If you are fortunate they will dissipate after menopause. But if hormone imbalance is not corrected, many women continue to experience hot flashes for several years.
Some hot flashes are so intense that they cause loss of sleep, headaches and feelings of vertigo. Some women will feel anxiety from heart palpitations that are brought on by hot flashes. Many women flush, sweat and then become chilled afterward. Night sweats may cause you to awaken, drenched with sweat.
Hot flashes can dramatically change your quality of life. They can lead to fatigue due to loss of sleep. They can upset relationships due to the irritability you are experiencing; they can keep you from enjoying social gatherings due to the obvious physical side effects that come from the hot flashes.
So, how are you to know if your hormones are in balance? There is a very simple and accurate saliva test I offer to my clients, which, when analyzed by the lab, produces a clear picture of what’s going on. If a problem is identified, I then work with my clients on an individual basis to balance their system, not with drugs, but naturally. Sometimes adjustments are as simple as slight changes in diet. Other times, it’s a little more involved. Either way, the end result can be life changing.
Over the years I have helped hundreds of women overcome hormone imbalance the safe and natural way. If you’re hot and bothered, there are a number of ways you can control the severity and frequency of your hot flashes.
Karen Roth, MS, NC holds a Masters of Science degree in Holistic Nutrition and is an author, and active member of the National Association of Nutritional Professionals, the American Holistic Health Association and the Menopause Type Network®. Offices located in both Santa Clarita and Sherman Oaks. Contact Karen Roth at 661-428-9636 or visit www.karenrothnutrition.com