Hot flashes are an unwelcome symptom of menopause, but there are ways to help combat and decrease your hot flashes. Since weight gain contributes to more frequent and severe hot flashes, losing or maintaining weight and working out can help decrease your hot flashes significantly. Although there are medical hot flash relief options available, working out is all-natural and one of the most effective methods available. Exercising helps regulate the chemicals and hormones in your brain which is where your temperature is regulated. Though your temperature is also regulated by other hormones in your body, mainly from your adrenal glands, your brain helps interpret what causes your body to feel hot or cold.
During menopause your levels of progesterone and estrogen decrease and this affects the temperature regulators in your brain. Your temperature regulators can get confused and not know whether it’s cold or hot outside. This hot or cold dilemma causes your blood vessels to expand and contract sporadically causing you to feel overly hot or overly cold at any given time. This is exhausting on your body and, no doubt, exhausting on you. This flushing and overheating starts with the face and neck and continues down your chest. You may only perspire a bit or you may really sweat. This excess sweat causes a cold chill to follow, leaving you cold.
Weight & Hot Flashes
Your weight affects the number and intensity of your hot flashes because of fat cell conversion with hormones to the adrenal glands. Thinner women don’t convert fat cells as well, so it’s good to keep on a little weight during your menopausal time. Because menopause can also cause sudden weight gain, it’s a good idea to talk with your doctor about a healthy weight range for your age and a good plan to stay in that range.
How Exercise Helps
Exercise helps during menopause in a couple of different ways, both of which help decrease hot flashes. Working out helps you maintain a healthy weight which helps your fat cells convert the hormones from your adrenal gland to estrogen, one of the hormones that drop drastically in menopause causing the hot flashes. Working out also helps build and maintain bone mass which keeps you stronger and helps your body regulate temperature more accurately.
Regardless of the length, severity or frequency of the hot flashes you experience, there are natural ways to decrease these symptoms. Take the time to workout and you’ll likely see a dramatic decrease in your hot flashes. You’ll also combat many of the other symptoms of menopause, which include fatigue, night sweats and sleep issues. Exercise has been proven to help with all of these different symptoms, especially sleep issues. Talk with your doctor before starting an exercise routine and she can help track the progression and relief of your menopause symptoms.