As if we didn’t have enough to cope with in menopause, now we have dehydration to worry about. How does dehydration affect women in menopause?
Our bodies are made up of 75% water, and as we age, we lose a lot of that water through urine, sweat, and hormonal changes. Estrogen levels drop, add hot flashes and night sweats to the mix, and it’s easy to see how women can be dehydrated.
Dehydration can also make the skin dry and itchy, and can lead to bladder problems or infections. Other symptoms of dehydration include fatigue, headaches, and poor concentration.
The best way to stay hydrated is to drink plain water. Soda, coffee, flavored waters, and tea flush water out of your system, and lead to further dehydration.
To cool down a hot flash, drink a glass of water when you feel it coming on, and you won’t get hit with as much heat.
Aim for 8 glasses of water a day. If you’re not used to drinking that much in a day, start slowly and add a glass a day. This will also be kinder to your bladder, and you won’t have to constantly run to the bathroom.
If you want to kick your metabolism up, drink a glass of warm water when you first get up. Take a bottle of water with you to work and take small sips during the day.
Are you drinking enough water?