Personal Summers We can laugh at personal summers or hot flashes…unless you’re in the middle of an intense heatwave yourself.   They can be awkward or downright embarrassing.   Is there a way to prevent or minimize hot flashes? First, talk with your OB/GYN about your symptoms.  The symptoms may or may not be related to menopause.  There is relief out there! Second, take a look at different things that can cause you to become hotter than usual. Food – Carbohydrates and sugars increase your body temperature.  By reducing your carbohydrate and sugar intake, you can keep your body temperature at a comfortable level.   Eating a high carbohydrate meal.