If you’re feeling hot all the time, then this can cause you to worry. From hyperthyroidism to stress, the potential causes are many.
For women over the age of 40, the most common reason for this symptom is menopause. But if you’re young and otherwise healthy, it’s likely the result of something else.
In this article, we’re going to talk about some of the most common causes of this symptom as well as show you how you can potentially treat them from home.
The thyroid is a small endocrine gland that sits along the front of the windpipe.
When it secretes too much hormone, you develop something called hyperthyroidism.
Thyroxin, one of the hormones produced, can cause you to feel hot, jittery, and anxious when in excess.
The good news is that hyperthyroidism is a treatable condition. You can treat it from home or with the help of a doctor. Below, we’ll talk about both.
Medical Treatments for Hyperthyroidism
As you know, this condition can cause you to feel hot all the time. Once you’ve been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, your doctor may prescribe any one of the following:
- Medications: There are medications specifically designed to reduce the amount of thyroid hormone being secreted. The most common ones include propylthiouracil and methimazole. Never, under any circumstance, take these without a prescription from your doctor.
- Surgery: If medications fail, your doctor might suggest surgery. This is typically for more severe cases of hyperthyroidism when there aren’t any other options available. It’s the most common treatment for women who are pregnant.
- Radioactive Iodine: This has been shown to dramatically reduce the instances of hot flashes in women going through menopause. As the radioactive iodine gets absorbed by the thyroid gland, it causes thyroid hormone to be secreted in smaller amounts.
- Beta Blockers: If you’re suffering from high blood pressure, then a beta blocker might be the best option. They can indirectly affect the thyroid gland in your favor, ultimately allowing you to stop feeling hot all the time.
These are examples of medical treatments that require you to see a doctor. In milder cases, you might be about to reverse your symptoms from home. Let’s look at a few potential remedies that you can try on your own.
Home Remedies for Hyperthyroidism
Now let’s look at more natural approaches to reversing your hyperthyroidism.
Once you reverse this condition, your chronic hot flashes should be dramatically reduced.
Here are some things that you can try from home:
- Change Your Diet: If you’re like most people, you probably overindulge on unhealthy foods (sugars, fatty foods, etc.). Change your diet to include more plant-based foods and fewer animal-based foods. This simple dietary change can be very effective at preventing you from feeling hot all the time.
- Get More Exercise: Getting more exercise is great for many things, including reversing hyperthyroidism. We recommend getting at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day (60 minutes is better). If you lack motivation to exercise, ask a family member or friend to start exercising with you.
- Get More Vitamin D and Calcium: Many people lack two crucial vitamins – vitamin D and calcium. Both play a vital role in helping your body function normally. Many studies show that these two vitamins, when taken in the right amounts, reverse hyperthyroidism in a few days to a few weeks. Sunlight is a great source of vitamin D.
- Meditate Daily: Feeling hot all the time could be the result of anxiety and chronic stress. Many people suffer from anxiety, yet, not many of us know how to effectively deal with it. Meditation can be a great way to deal with your anxiety. Meditating for as little as 10 minutes a day can have positive effects on your health.
For vitamin D, get about 600 IUs per day, and for calcium, get about 1000 mg per day.
According to health experts, it’s better to get these vitamins from your diet rather than supplements.
That’s because vitamins acquired from supplements don’t always absorb well in some people.
If you’re a woman over the age of 40, you’ve likely already hit menopause.
Unfortunately, this can cause you to experience hot flashes daily.
As your hormones fluctuate, it causes your body to do weird things. It might even trick you into believing that you’re hot when you’re not.
As with hyperthyroidism, there are medical treatments and home remedies that you can try.
Medical Treatments for Hot Flashes
Treating hot flashes can help you lead a happier life. Here are a few potential treatment options that your doctor may prescribe to you:
- Hormone Therapy: Hormone therapy is all about supplementing your body with various hormones like estrogen and progesterone. Many women report a decreasing in feeling hot all the time once they’ve undergone hormone therapy.
- Antidepressants: There are many antidepressants on the market that can decrease the frequency of hot flashes. Some of the main ones include Paxil, Prozac, and Effexor. Keep in mind that these come with side effects (dizziness, nausea, etc.).
- Other Medications: Finally, other medications like Clonidine and Gabapentin can be used to control hot flashes. Gabapentin, which is an anti-seizure medication, will reduce your body’s temperature. Clonidine is a high blood pressure medication that can achieve the same thing.
As you can see, there are many medical treatments available for treating hot flashes.
Since each woman’s body is different, you might need to try each one until something works. Now let’s talk about some all-natural remedies that you can try from home.
Home Remedies for Hot Flashes
Like treating hyperthyroidism naturally, there are ways to treat your hot flashes naturally. These include:
- Drink More Water: If you’re not drinking enough water each day, then this can result in dehydration and ultimately cause you to feel hotter. As a rule, try to drink around 8 glasses of water per day.
- Avoid Spicy Foods: Though you might find them delicious, you should give up eating spicy foods. These can cause you to feel hot and make your hot flashes worse. Don’t worry- these foods are easier to give up than you think!
- Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine: These two things can cause your hormones to act in strange ways. We recommend completely removing caffeine and alcohol from your diet. They aren’t needed for optimal health and can make hot flashes worse.
If you’re feeling hot all the time, try to relax, eat healthier, and get more exercise. None of these require medical intervention- and they increase all areas of health.
Here’s a video that can help you decrease hot flash frequency:
Most of the time, the reason you feel hot is because your hormones aren’t present in the right amounts in your body. Fortunately, this is something you have a surprising amount of control over.
For women who aren’t going through menopause, start by eating healthier and getting more exercise.
See if this lessens your symptom. If it doesn’t, talk to a doctor. If you are going through menopause and are experiencing hot flashes, things like hormone therapy, antidepressants, or certain other medications might do the trick.