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Causes of Night Sweats and Hot Flashes

Night sweats and hot flashes are an unfortunate symptom of many conditions. The good news is that in many cases, they’re easily treatable. But, to effectively alleviate sudden hot flashes, we need to pinpoint the underlying cause. 

The most common causes of night sweats and hot flashes include:

Menopause

Hot flashes and night sweats are key symptoms of menopause and perimenopause. They result from declining estrogen levels, as low estrogen causes the hypothalamus to become more sensitive.

The hypothalamus acts as the body’s temperature control center. When it’s more sensitive to mild changes in body temperature, it may trigger a hot flash in an attempt to cool you down. 

Tampa bioidentical hormone therapy can alleviate hot flashes, night sweats, and other menopause symptoms by balancing your estrogen levels. 

Thyroid Problems

Heat intolerance, elevated body temperature, and night sweats are possible symptoms of hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid) can cause poor body temperature regulation, as thyroid hormones affect energy homeostasis and your body’s ability to maintain core body temperature

Anxiety

In periods of intense anxiety or stress, some people experience hot flashes. This occurs when the body releases stress hormones, which boost circulation to your muscles. This can make you suddenly feel hot. 

Consider stress management strategies, like therapeutic yoga in Tampa, to help you avoid anxiety-related hot flashes. 

PMS and Pregnancy

Fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone levels during PMS and pregnancy can trigger night sweats and hot flashes. Estrogen and progesterone affect your body’s ability to regulate temperature. So, as these hormone levels fluctuate, you may experience bouts of excessive sweating, flushing, and rapid heartbeat. 

At Mind Body Spirit Care in Tampa, we offer holistic and integrative care for symptoms of hormonal imbalance, including night sweats and hot flashes. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

 

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5 Vitamins for Brain Health and Memory

By keeping your mind sharp and healthy, you can preserve your quality of life for years to come. Your brain requires various nutrients to maintain cognitive health, but it can be difficult to consume them all, at optimal levels, with your diet alone. 

Let’s discuss 5 of the best vitamins for brain health and memory that you may consider adding to your supplement or IV therapy routine. As always, talk to your Tampa physician before starting any new supplement to ensure it’s safe for you. 

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 supports the production of neurotransmitters and hormones that manage brain function. These neurotransmitters include serotonin and dopamine, which support mood, sleep, memory, concentration, and learning, among other essential bodily functions. 

Vitamin B5

Vitamin B5, also known as pantothenic acid, supports brain health by:

  • Maintaining brain cell structure and function
  • Helps the body produce neurotransmitters
  • Supports energy release
  • Helps the body metabolize cortisol
  • Supports memory and moodVitamin D

Clinical studies show that people with higher levels of vitamin D in the brain have improved cognitive function compared to those with lower vitamin D levels. Research also indicates that healthy vitamin D levels may help protect the brain against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. 

Vitamin E

Higher levels of vitamin E have been linked to improved cognitive function and reduced brain shrinkage. It acts as an antioxidant, helping to protect the brain against oxidative stress. Research also indicates that vitamin E can help slow mild cognitive impairment.  

Omega-3

Omega-3 supports brain health and memory by:

  • Improving and maintaining cognition
  • Preserving neurons, the nerve cells that deliver messages throughout your body
  • Protecting the brain against neurodegeneration
  • Improving mood 

At Mind Body Spirit Care, we’ll optimize your vitamin intake for brain health with nutrient supplementation in Tampa. Reach out to us today to schedule an appointment!

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What Causes Thyroid Nodules to Grow?

Thyroid nodules are lumps that develop in the thyroid gland. In most cases, thyroid nodules are benign. But, they can produce an excess of thyroxine, the main thyroid hormone, and lead to unwanted symptoms. Understanding the possible causes of thyroid nodules can help you avoid these symptoms and preserve your hormonal health. 

Common Causes of Thyroid Nodules

Thyroid nodules result from an overgrowth of thyroid gland cells. While the exact cause of this overgrowth is unknown, thyroid nodules can be categorized by type. 

The types of thyroid nodules include:

  • Thyroid cysts are at least partially filled with fluid and generally don’t lead to cancer.
  • Colloid nodules, the most common type of thyroid nodule, are benign and don’t spread outside the thyroid gland.
  • Multinodular goiter is an enlarged thyroid that consists of multiple nodules. These nodules are usually benign. 
  • Inflammatory nodules result from chronic thyroid inflammation and can be painful. 
  • Hyperfunctioning or toxic thyroid nodules produce an excess of thyroid hormone, which can lead to hyperthyroidism. 

Thyroid nodules are only cancerous in 5 to 10% of cases. Cancerous nodules often don’t cause symptoms, which can make them difficult to identify. However, most forms of thyroid cancer respond positively to treatment.  

Holistic Treatment for Thyroid Nodules 

Since thyroid nodules often don’t have a single or obvious cause, you may need a holistic physician like Dr. Shemesh to uncover the root of your symptoms. Understanding the factors that may affect your thyroid can help you naturally resolve your concerns. 

Treatment methods that can help you holistically manage thyroid disorders include yoga, herbal supplements, toga, strategic eating, acupuncture, homeopathy, and First Line Therapy. Dr. Shemesh will create a personalized treatment plan according to your needs. 

Do you have symptoms of a thyroid nodule or other thyroid concern? Schedule an appointment at Mind Body Spirit Care today to get started!

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The Connection Between Headaches and Hormones

Headaches have many possible causes, from dehydration to fatigue to stress. In some cases, headaches are a symptom of fluctuating hormones. 

Read on to learn more about how hormone levels influence headaches and what you can do to achieve hormonal balance. 

How Can Hormones Cause Headaches?

Women primarily experience hormone-related headaches from menstruation, pregnancy, menopause, or hormonal birth control. This comes down to estrogen, the primary female sex hormone. 

Headaches Before Menstruation

Fluctuating estrogen levels can trigger or worsen headaches. This is why many women experience headaches as a symptom of PMS (premenstrual syndrome), as estrogen levels suddenly drop before menstruation. 

Hormonal Birth Control

Hormonal birth control can improve or worsen headaches, depending on the person. For some, birth control reduces low estrogen levels before menstruation, preventing headaches. Others experience more severe headaches, particularly in the first month of taking birth control. 

Headaches During Pregnancy

Many women experience headaches at various stages of pregnancy as estrogen levels change. Stress and fatigue often exacerbate hormone-related headaches in pregnancy. 

Headaches During Menopause

Around menopause, as estrogen levels gradually decrease, many women experience headaches. Women approaching menopause may have more frequent or severe headaches than usual (including migraines, in some women). 

Headaches from Thyroid Disorders

In addition to estrogen, thyroid hormones can contribute to headaches. Headaches are a common symptom of hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid. Headaches from hypothyroidism can be dull and throbbing and usually affect both sides of the head. 

How to Alleviate Hormonal Headaches

If you’re struggling with frequent headaches, talk to your Tampa doctor. Hormonal headaches from hypothyroidism can be managed holistically with a well-rounded treatment plan. If low estrogen levels are to blame, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) may be an effective treatment option. In replacing the estrogen that diminishes with age, BHRT can alleviate headaches and other menopause symptoms. 

Not all headaches are caused by hormones; stress and nutrient deficiencies are other common culprits. With a range of holistic treatments including therapeutic yoga and IV nutritional therapy, we can help you overcome chronic headaches, no matter the cause.  

Schedule an appointment at Mind Body Spirit Care today to get on the path to relief from hormonal headaches. 

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Why Men Have Hot Flashes

Hot flashes are usually associated with menopause, the stage that women go through when the ovaries stop producing hormones. However, hot flashes aren’t exclusively for women – men can also experience them as a result of certain hormonal conditions. While this symptom can be very uncomfortable, it’s also highly treatable with bioidentical hormone therapy in Tampa. Continue reading Why Men Have Hot Flashes