Good hydrations: Why drinking water is important for menopause symptoms
Are you thinking of good hydration?
Hydration is key in improving a whole raft of menopause symptoms. Our body is at least 75% water, so it makes sense to keep it topped up.
Visualise a lovely ripe plump, plum, then think of a wrinkly, rough prune. That’s dehydration for you!
Lack of hydration may trigger many menopause symptoms.
- Memory loss – dehydration may affect our brain function, causing forgetfulness, fuzziness and brain fog.
- Headaches – dehydration is a common trigger for headaches, which may become worse during perimenopause.
- Joints – dehydration may cause joint pain and inflammation.
- Skin – yes, our skin craves water and lack of liquid may trigger itchy, irritable skin and formication.
- Constipation or bloating – dehydration causes our digestive system to slow down and reduces mobility in the gut, resulting in digestive issues.
- Mood – dehydration may impact on our mood swings, anxiety and stress levels, as well as causing heart palpitations.
- Fatigue – dehydration has an impact on our energy levels, so drinking water can help to deal with fatigue.
- Hot flushes – our nervous system may be affected by dehydration, triggering hot flushes and night sweats.
- Bladder problems and infections – our bladder may become irritated through lack of hydration.Though it might sound contradictory, drinking water can help incontinence.
Not everyone enjoys plain water but don’t be fooled into thinking that drinking lots of tea, coffee and fizzy drinks counts towards hydration. The caffeine in them, flushes water out of our bodies contributing towards dehydration.
Aim to drink 1.5 – 2 litres of water a day, this doesn’t need to be in one session, you can break it down across the day. Having a little and often is much better.
Keep a jug of water by your bed to drink when you wake up in the morning, as room temperature water is better for your metabolism. This water is especially helpful if you experience night sweats and will help to rehydrate your body.
Make a teapot of herbal tea, drinking it warm, or tepid, over a period of time will help with hydration. Maybe avoid green tea as it contains caffeine.
We love S’ip by S’well water bottles (buy via Amazon in the UK), an environmentally friendly product that helps us to do our bit in reducing the use of disposable plastic water bottles. The range of really dynamic designs will brighten up your day. Take a container to work, sit it on your desk, and sip at regular intervals.
Keep thinking good, good, good hydration!