Sweating it (pun intended) I did some research to see if there are other things that could be causing hot flashes, other than menopause. (Thank goodness there are, as my DH and DS have also been having them, too. LOL!)
Hot flash triggers can be from:
- what you put into your body- white sugar (my problem), spicy food, caffeine, hot food or hot drinks, diet pills, alcohol, smoking of any kind, including marijuana
- emotions- stress or anger, especially when unexpressed
- things that make you too warm- hot beds (Pillow top mattresses are bad about this.) hot rooms, hot tubs, saunas, hot showers, hot weather
"Hot flashes" deplete our bodies of the B vitamins*, vitamin C, and magnesium and potassium, so it is helpful to increase consumption of these nutrients [don't forget Calcium].
Let's look at the depletion of just the B vitamins alone. Did you know that just about all of the body's functions rely on B vitamins to perform?
After suffering through a night you might wake up feeling worn out because when depleted, B vitamins can affect:
- nervous system
- general mental health (in other words your moods-causing depression and anxiety)
- a variety of hormones (including stress hormones)
- cholesterol levels (B vitamins make niacin, naturally)
- ability to break down fats, proteins, and carbohydrates necessary to convert food to energy for cell growth.
- quality of sleep (insomnia)
- balances of sodium and potassium --a critical balance, increasing chances of suffering a heart attack or stroke and by not keeping the arteries open
- ability to regulate blood sugar
- affects immune system
- weakens nails and hair
- ability to remove toxins from the body
- Vitamin D and niacin from being formed
B vitamins are critical to making hemoglobin, the part of your red blood cells that carries oxygen to your tissues, keeps red blood cells healthy and functioning to help prevent heart disease and are vital in forming the protective covering of nerve cells to avoid nerve damage.
It is important to take a full complex of B. (Wal-Mart sells B complex that has them all. Remember the B complex has Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin ( B2), Niacin (or B3), Pantothenic acid ( B5), Pyridoxine (B6), Biotin (B7), Folic acid (B9)and Cobalamin (B12) so don't settle for just one or two B vitamins in a multi-vitamin.
Now, go look up for yourself, the other things that happen to you when vitamin C, and magnesium and potassium are depleted from your body with hot flashes and you will see for yourself why it is important to eat right and take supplements if you have to.
Don't worry...B Happy!
Last edited by girltalk; 09-07-2007 at 03:04 PM.