What Causes Hot Flashes?

It may feel like winter, but for menopausal women, it’s the middle of summer. Hot flashes bother 80 percent of women who are in the midst of menopause.1 They are described as a sudden sensation of heat in the chest, face and body, followed by perspiration and sometimes flushing. Hot flashes could happen at any time of the day and they tend to interrupt concentration and lead to frustration, embarrassment and even depression.2It’s important to understand what causes hot flashes, and what you can do to help relieve them!

Cause of Hot Flashes: Estrogen, Circulation

Scientists hypothesize that hot flashes are caused by a lack of estrogen. Studies say that as estrogen decreases, the hypothalamus—the gland that is in charge of regulating body temperature—is affected. The decrease in estrogen causes the brain to detect too much body heat. As a response, hormones are released to increase the heart rate, pump more blood and dilate the vessels in the skin.3 This is so that you can produce your natural cooling method—sweat!4The result of this automatic response is menopausal hot flashes.

Cause of Hot Flashes: Everyday Stress

Apart from biology, everyday stress is another cause for hot flashes. While under emotional pressure, your body may release the stress hormones epinephrine (also known as adrenaline) and norepinephrine. These two players increase your heart rate and circulation, which raises body temperature. To decrease your daily stress levels, spend a few minutes at the beginning of the day to practice breathing exercises, it will help bring inner peace and may help reduce your hot flashes!5

Cause of Hot Flashes: Diet

Diet can also be a cause of hot flashes. There are certain foods that can trigger hot flashes, including:6

  • Spicy food
  • Caffeine
  • Hot beverages
  • Alcohol


Sometimes life is out of your control, and try as you might; hot flashes come and go as they please. Thankfully, Estroven® Maximum Strength + Energy is specially formulated with twice as much black cohosh as leading brands to help relieve hot flashes.* The more you know about menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, the more in control you will feel.

1 Statistics of Hot Flashes http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/menopause-related-hot-flashes-night-sweats-can-last-years-201502237745
2 Hot Flashes and Menopause http://www.healthline.com/health/menopause/hot-flash-causes#Overview1
3 What is a Hot Flash? http://www.webmd.com/menopause/guide/menopause-hot-flashes
4 Sweat and Hot Flashes http://www.healthline.com/symptom/hot-flashes
5 Meditation and Stress http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/meditation/in-depth/meditation/art-20045858
6 Foods To Avoid During Menopause http://www.everydayhealth.com/menopause-pictures/how-diet-can-cause-and-improve-symptoms-of-menopause.aspx#02