Just when you think you have found a way to keep those dreadful menopausal hot flashes under control, you find yourself randomly flashing in the middle of the night or at a random time during the day.
There could be something else triggering hot flashes that really have nothing to do with being in menopause.
My Top 3 Triggers for Hot Flashes
Why is it that some of my most enjoyable pleasures in life are triggers for the dreaded hot flashes? As if menopause wasn’t bad enough, menopause has recruited a few helpers along the way to exacerbate the likelihood that you will flash.
Can we women not get a break?
In my journey to naturally balance my hormones, I started to see a pattern develop when I ate or drank certain things. I would go several days in a row without experiencing one single hot flash, but come the weekend, I would randomly experience them. Why is that? Because on the weekends I like to over indulge in a few of my favorite things.
My Top 3 Triggers for Hot Flashes are as follows:
I am not by any means an alcoholic. However, I do love a glass of wine on the patio after a long day and drinking at social outings. My weakness is wine of any kind (I’m not picky) and Margaritas. Give me ALL the Margaritas please! When I over indulge, meaning I drink a whole bottle of wine or more than two Margaritas in one evening, I will most likely wake up one to two times during the night because I am having a hot flash. Red wine especially is a huge flash trigger for me. Does it stop me from drinking it? No!
- TOO MUCH CAFFEINE.
If I can stick to one, maybe two cups of coffee a day then this is a nonissue. It’s also a nonissue in the hot summer months because I really don’t drink a lot of coffee in the summer. BUT, give me a cold, gloomy day at home and I am going to indulge in three to four cups of coffee. An hour or two after that over indulgence of coffee, guess what. I am going to experience a hot flash or two. I know that drinking that much coffee is not good for me. It’s a very rare occurrence. I love coffee and it’s a comfort “food” for me on cold, lazy days at home. Therefore, I will continue to drink my coffee.
- SPICY FOODS.
I live in Texas and I LOVE me some Mexican or Tex Mex foods! With that love also comes salsa and jalapenos. Seriously, my family can down those free baskets of chips and salsa faster than anyone else on this planet. I try to stay more on the milder side of spicy, but I can handle a little medium heat. Medium heat is just hot enough that it will in fact trigger a hot flash. Again, when I eat a whole lot of spicy foods, I will wake up in the night with a hot flash or two. You can imagine what happens with I mix spicy foods with a Margarita. Does this stop me from indulging? Absolutely not!
For me it’s a matter of balance. I know my triggers. If I keep my indulgence in these three things to mostly weekends, then I can live with it. The reality is that waking up in the middle of the night with a hot flash is miserable and interrupts sleep. I don’t want that happening when I need to be rested and be able to focus the following day.
Have you been able to balance your hormones? If hot flashing is something you have not been able to control, then maybe you should look at your eating and hot flash pattern.
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Let’s get those hormones balanced!
Live healthy, my friends, and remember that age is just a number.