Hot flashes may be precipitated by hot weather, smoking, caffeine, spicy foods, alcohol, tight clothing, heat and stress.
Identify and avoid your hot flash “triggers.” Some women notice hot flashes when they eat a lot of sugar.
How do you stop hot flashes naturally?
If your hot flashes are mild, try managing them with these lifestyle changes:
- Keep cool. Slight increases in your body’s core temperature can trigger hot flashes.
- Watch what you eat and drink. Hot and spicy foods, caffeinated beverages, and alcohol can trigger hot flashes.
- Don’t smoke.
- Lose weight.
What triggers hot flashes at night?
Hot flashes and night sweats occur before and during menopause because of changing hormone levels, including estrogen and progesterone, affecting the body’s temperature control. Changes in these hormone levels affect the action of other hormones that are responsible for regulating the body’s temperature.
Can hot flashes be caused by something other than menopause?
While hypothyroidism is the usual culprit in these cases, non-menopausal hot flashes can also be due to thyroid cancer. Food and drink, including spicy foods, caffeine, and alcohol, can trigger hot flashes. Other conditions such as HIV and tuberculosis can produce symptoms similar to hot flashes and night sweats.
What causes a hot flash?
The cause of hot flashes isn’t known, but it’s likely related to several factors. These include changes in reproductive hormones and in your body’s thermostat (hypothalamus), which becomes more sensitive to slight changes in body temperature.