Finding yourself intolerant to any forms of heat? Getting into a flush with no good reason? We will dive into the reason why and help you cool you down naturally.
1:15 - What is Heat intolerance?
2:15 - Bioenergetic Circuit Dysfunction
5:05 - Thyroid connection
6:20 - Practical Tips for Heat Intolerance
8:45 - Neurotransmitter Imbalance or Hormone Imbalance
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Do you at times feel a sense of heatwave come over you, no matter what you can do, and you can't shake that feeling. Heat intolerance is something that many people struggle with. Yet many can't figure out what to do. This is The Dr. Lam Show and we're here to talk about integrative medicine, and empower you to take control of your health. If you've enjoyed the show and find it useful, please hit the like button and subscribe to The Dr. Lam Show podcast and YouTube channel as well. This is the best way to make our show more visible so that other people who need this information can find it. I'm Dr. Jeremy Lam, board certified internal medicine physician as well as board certified anti-aging and regenerative medicine. I've spent my medical career working on chronic disease treatment, and prevention. I believe firmly in the power of integrative medicine.Dr. Carrie Lam, MD:
I'm Dr. Carrie Lam a family med physician who has completed fellowships in functional and metabolic medicine. And I'm passionate about nutrition and lifestyle medicine. Today, we're going to talk about heat intolerance and how you can deal with it. So to start, let's talk about what is heat intolerance? Our body has an automatic built in mechanism, where regulates internal cold and hot temperature. But our body temperature is usually around 98.6 degrees, right? So if we are in an outdoor environment where it's hot, the sweat glands expand. When we sweat, to reduce our body temperature, it's to cool us down. Similarly, the opposite occurs when you're in cold temperatures, your body will regulate itself in order to get used to the cold temperature in order to heat your body up. So what happens when you have intolerance is, is people in adrenal fatigue, have this bioenergetic circuit dysfunction, which is one of the six circuits that regulates your body's stress response. Dr. Jeremy, tell us about that bio energetic circuit.Dr. Jeremy Lam, MD:
Well, when you have bioenergetic circuit dysfunction, the body doesn't tend to do well in hot temperatures. So. for example, if you go outside, in direct sunlight for a few minutes, or going into a sauna, or steam that is hot, your body just feels drained. And it doesn't know how to deal with the temperature dysregulation. The body puts out more cortisol, and helps to drain adrenals in order to reduce the inflammation, as well as the physiologic constrict that goes along with it. Typically, a person would just say, Oh, I'm so fatigued, I'm so tired, I'm feeling dizzy, I'm feeling nervous, or get heart palpitations, when I take a hot shower, even a hot bath can be problematic. They usually tend to do better in temperatures around sixty eight to seventy degrees Fahrenheit. And so the body tends to also be better in a colder environment versus a hotter environment, because the thermoregulation is off.Dr. Carrie Lam, MD:
Thermal regulation depends on many factors like barrier receptors, basal motor receptors, but we're not quite exactly sure what it is. But there's some imbalance and we definitely see this quite often. The good news is that the symptom can be reversed. Oftentimes, if your body reestablishes itself, it because it's really just a symptom, it's not a disease. It's not that you have a sympathetic problem, which can happen in some people as the sympathetic nervous system can lead them to sweat profusely or have these flushes as a form of dysautonomia. That's not what we're talking about here. What we're talking about is not feeling well, when you're taking a hot bath, cannot tolerate going on to the sun for 10-15 minutes in the direct sunlight, feeling better when you're in the shade, feeling discomfort when you just are in a hotter temperature than normal. So if you've gone through this, you understand what it is. And believe me, it's not something you think about until you actually experience it yourself. And you' feel, why am I so intolerant to this heat? Because everyone else seems like they have no problems. We understand what this whole temperature regulation is a very important part of the bioenergetics circuit. And that most people if they just keep going on, they could keep crashing themselves and not even know why. So what organ is very important in the bioenergetic circuit,Dr. Jeremy Lam, MD:
The basal body temperature is regulated by the thyroid. Now you can have a perfect thyroid, and still be having some unpleasant symptoms if your adrenals are not working as well. So, heat intolerance isn't as simple as keeping cool and going on with your life. There are certain circuits and organs that our body is connected to, that can contribute to heat intolerance. A major change in any of these systems or organs can have numerous and unexpected effects. If you're struggling with these kinds of changes, then contact our team for free initial phone call at 714709 1000. They can give you specialized information and help with the changes that can occur with heat intolerance. Now let's take a deep dive into some of these other solutions for the heat intolerance that you're feeling.Dr. Carrie Lam, MD:
It's very important to remember that when you have adrenal weakness, the body's temperature adaptability is compromised. So don't fight the body. Avoid things that can trigger the draining of your system, because once you get into a draining system that cascades and gets set off, you might end up in a crash. So practical things that we can recommend are firstly, try to stay indoors, keep your thermometer around 67-69 degrees Fahrenheit, on the cooler side. Never try to go up above 76 degrees and make sure you keep your air circulation flowing well. If you have a fan, use a fan to blow. Don't try to drink cold water with ice to cool yourself down because this is a common mistake. You're thinking hey, I want to cool my body temperature down at the core, which makes sense if you put ice but in a situation with adrenal fatigue, you have basal motor instability that you may be experiencing. So if you just change the temperature too fast from being too hot or too cold, you could actually cause more of a drain on the body and the body perceives it as a stressful situation. So more of a lukewarm water is good. Keeping hydrated is even better. Tap water is good if it's filtered, and avoid hot showers. So warm showers for just a few minutes is all you need. And no hot baths, saunas, hot steam baths, hot yoga, and try to avoid direct sunshine that heats your body up. What else can someone do? Dr. Jeremy?.Dr. Jeremy Lam, MD:
If you are going outside, stay in the shade, wear a wide brim hat. If you have to go outside in the sunshine, then try to go out within 6 am to 9 am is optimal and remeber to take an umbrella. Don't get embarrassed to do these things because when you are crashing, it's no fun. And of course, keep yourself really hydrated.Dr. Carrie Lam, MD:
Now remember that temperature regulation is automatic and you have to maintain this mechanism. Don't upset it, you want to make sure that the body has this mechanism being intact, and to avoid from crashing and triggering the bioenergetic circuit dysregulation. At the same time, don't force your body, as your body will improve. The heat intolerance will also improve steadily and the symptoms will resolve by themselves over time. Just know that the heat intolerance is just one symptom and one whisper of your body is really trying to tell you that there's something else going on underneath. There could be very many different types of reasons that can cause it. Whether it's electrolytes, or issues or a neurotransmitter issue or a gut problem because your gut makes a lot of neurotransmitters. You have to understand that all six circuits that regulate the neuro endo metabolic stress response, tie in and could exacerbate temperature dysregulation, or even hormones. Dr. Jeremy How do the hormones have a play with temperature dysregulation?Dr. Jeremy Lam, MD:
Well, oftentimes, some people when they have hormonal issues, it could be related to their menses, it could be also related to estrogen dominance or progesterone deficiency, especially if you're in the perimenopause, and menopause will range your hormones, dysregulation and imbalance can also lead to a lot of temperature dysregulation. When we talk about the cause of temperature intolerance, it can be from a variety of reasons. So it's important to get to the root cause and try to fix that. But in the meantime, we've given you some practical tips on how to deal with heat intolerance. We hope this helps you understand what may be going on in your body. Hidden tolerance can be for many different imbalances, and can often be ignored by conventional medicine, leading to long term debilitation and poor health. Just remember that it's your body, and you're the judge of whether it's healthy or not. Thanks for being here with us on the Dr. Lam show. We hope you found this information helpful. If you did, please subscribe to this channel and click the like button as well. If you know any, anyone else who might be interested in this information, please share it with them. Remember that we are here to empower you to take control of your health.Unknown:
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