Okay . . . so yesterday, we spoke about what we've been told by conventional medicine about "hot flashes".
Well today . . . let's flip to the other side and talk about what's really happening to the body and how we can get some "RELIEF"!
Now . . . conventional medicine suggests that taking some form of estrogen replacement for "hot flashes may be the answer . . . but what about the well-established risk factors like cancer, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Autoimmune diseases, Thyroid disease, blood clots and stroke???
Well . . . while the exact mechanics that cause "hot flashes" are still not understood by conventional medicine . . . the alternative medicine world . . . my world . . . knows this . . .
"Hot flashes" occur when there's an increase of "Nitric Oxide" in the body.
Okay . . . now think about this people . . . what have we been talking about for the past several day???
You got it . . . the amino acids called "lysine" and "arginine"!
So if you forgot or still don't understand . . . let's refresh . . .
As we now know . . . the amino acid called "arginine" is converted in the body into a chemical called "nitric oxide". And "nitric oxide" causes blood vessels to open wider for improved blood flow. It also stimulates the release of growth hormones, insulin and other substances in the body.
That a "good" thing and we need adequate amounts in the body for optimal health.
Now . . . let's get our science books out and re-read about "nitric oxide" again.
"Nitric oxide" plays an important role in mediating "vasodilation" during "HOT FLASHES".
Which is a widening of blood vessels usually near the surface of the skin leading to increased blood flow with flushing or warmth.
Is this making sense yet???
Okay . . . as we know the body makes enough of it's own "arginine" for optimal health. But we also consume "arginine" from the food we eat.
And unfortunately . . . sometimes . . . more than we need for optimal health.
Now . . . we need this "arginine" to convert into "nitric oxide" so our circulation is good and therefore, we don't have heart issues or a stroke.
But too much of a "good" thing . . . is not always a "good" thing.
And that's where "too much" arginine in the body comes into play causing "hot flashes"!
And that's why we need the amino acid called "lysine".
This counteracts "arginine" and therefore affects "hot flashes"
So tomorrow . . . we'll continue and talk about what foods can help prevent "hot flashes".
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