If you know the feeling of feeling irritable, weak, shaky, light headed or outright angry every time you get hungry or go too long without eating, you’re probably suffering from hypoglycemia, which means low blood sugar. This shouldn’t happen! When blood sugar starts to dip, the adrenal glands should alert the liver to break down some stored sugar (glycogen) and release it into the blood stream as glucose to elevate the blood glucose without you eating anything. If you get hypoglycemia symptoms, you should interpret that as your adrenal glands aren’t functioning as well as they should and take measures to support them with B vitamins, magnesium, zinc, vitamin C and herbs like rhodiola, ginseng, schisandra, centella, ashwaganda, maca and eleuthrococcus. Cutting back on carbs and increasing protein with each meal can also help to stabilize blood sugar. People with hypoglycemia often also suffer with difficulty getting to sleep or poor quality sleep because blood sugar instability is not relaxing to your nervous system.
Both hot flashes and night sweats are signs of hormone imbalance, often associated with a drop in estrogen that occurs at menopause.
But, did you know that:
1. Men can have hot flashes and night sweats too? These can accompany a drop in testosterone at andropause.
2. Women as early as their late 30’s can experience them? This is often a sign of an underfunctioning endocrine system as a whole. Supporting the components of the endocrine system (adrenal glands, ovaries, thyroid, pituitary etc) can help resolve these symptoms.
3. Stress can precipitate hot flashes?
4. Hot flashes can be a sign of hormone imbalances other than low estrogen? Low testosterone, low progesterone and low DHEAs can also cause hot flashes.
5. Certain medications can trigger hot flashes? Over the counter sinus and allergy remedies are an example of such medication triggers.
6. The most common time for night sweats is between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m.?
Whatever the cause of your hot flashes, natural medicine has many treatment options including diet changes, vitamins and minerals, herbs and acupuncture.