Solutions For Hot Flashes and Menopause-DHEA
DHEA supplementation is in the news a lot these days as one of the solutions for hot flashes and menopause, among many other things as well. It is sometimes
seen as a magic pill that can cure just about anything.
The symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, night sweats, fatigue and insomnia are
serious for many women and they are looking for natural menopause relief. This is especially the case since the
Women's Health Initiative report revealed many disturbing trends in hormone replacement therapy.
What is DHEA supplementation?
DHEA is a steroid hormone secreted by the adrenal glands, where it is synthesized
from cholesterol. The adrenal glands are small glands located near your kidneys and play a major role in hormone
production. Not only do they produce DHEA, but also adrenaline and cortisol.
When the adrenal glands are exhausted from overproducing adrenaline, you experience adrenal
fatigue, and as a consequence they are unable to produce DHEA, which is directly related to your menopause
symptoms. It is a chain reaction that often begins with stress, dieting, poor nutrition, and a generally
DHEA supplementation is sometimes called the mother hormone because it is responsible for so much
hormonal production. All of your major sex hormones, testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen, are directly
related to DHEA levels. It is like the doorway for hormone production.
During menopause, and as a consequence of stress, DHEA levels diminish. This is a normal part of
aging and should be viewed as such. However, when the levels fall too low, the hormones become imbalanced and
the fatigue, irritability, sluggishness, hot flashes, insomnia and night sweats can
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Is DHEA supplementation safe?
A trip to your local health food store will reveal an abundance of DHEA supplements, in varying
potencies and formulations. Often, it is associated with feeling on top of the world and maybe like you did as a
teenager! Sounds pretty good, except for the haunting insecurity and acne!
Because it is a steroid, it also is the subject of too much hype and fluff regarding body building
and athleticism. There is no one pill that can make your feel like a twenty something and have a great attitude
24/7. Our society would sure like to find one though!
It is advised that you see your health care provider before taking over the counter DHEA
supplementation. If you do it on your own, use small doses, and combine it with a more comprehensive approach
that includes adequate sleep, fresh fruits and vegetables, and reduced stress.
How can DHEA help with hot flashes?
By using DHEA supplementation, in connection with a comprehensive program, you will help your
hormones to become balanced. The hot flashes in menopause and other symptoms are a direct result of a hormone
Many women report that they feel better than they have in years after beginning a comprehensive
program that includes DHEA supplementation. Some women who were nearly bed-ridden and unable to care for their
families are now energetic and full of the vigor they once felt.