Fighting Dehydration During Menopause

Being a person who drinks water all day long, I never thought dehydration would be an issue – even during menopause. After morning coffee, I am always drinking water – ice water at my desk, a water bottle on the go and water at my bedside. Ice-cold water is instant relief for non-stop hot flashes. So, you can imagine my surprise when the doctor informed me that I was severely dehydrated.

Like a well-oiled machine, every body needs water to function properly. Yes, I know. Studies show that most Americans are chronically dehydrated and that over 75% of women between the ages of 50-60 are dehydrated. ....a fact I did not know.

If you are having hot flashes and do not greatly increase your water intake, you will not only be dehydrated (which if very severe can be dangerous for your organs), but your menopause symptoms will be even more intense. ......check.

Some symptoms of dehydration include, constipation, dark-colored urine, dry skin, feeling tired, dizziness, headache, irritability, muscle cramps, and of course, thirst. ....checked every one off there.

Dehydration affects all areas of your body from your nervous system to your nails. It can raise your blood pressure, impair your memory, affect your sinuses/lungs, and disturb your digestion. Getting enough water is also important for your urinary system, and prevention of bladder infections.

When dealing with menopause, dehydration can trigger hot flashes, which in turn makes you sweat and loose more water, creating the vicious circle that I am now experiencing! If you suffer from palpitations and night sweats, it could be related to your lack of water intake.

How to remedy the situation? Eliminate caffeine (drat), double down on water and increase foods high in water content. Plain room temperature spring water is best, and at a steady pace throughout the day. Boring, but necessary.....Sorry, still going to do the crushed ice.

What is Estrogen Dominance?

In all my reading about perimenopause symptoms and hormone replacement therapies, I’ve been seeing a lot about estrogen dominance. After reading the symptoms, I’ve realized that this is something I have been battling most of my life. Terrible periods, fibroids, retaining water, tender breasts, all of the above.

Back in the day, when I was very young, I was told that my cramps were probably from, having a tipped uterus, taking in too much sodium or caffeine, or whatever else the school nurse might make up.  In my teens and twenties, the only solution provided by my doctor was in the form of birth control pills. I learned early on that synthetic progestin in birth control pills did not agree with me, causing migraines, nausea,  and bloating - so I gave that up and learned to live with the misery.

We are subjected to higher levels of estrogen than ever with all of the estrogen-like hormones being injected and fed to commercial cattle and poultry, not to mention the pesticides being used on crops of vegetables and fruits we eat. Couple that with today’s high-stress lifestyles and childhood obesity, our children have a life of hormone imbalance to look forward to – and pharmaceutical companies are just waiting to profit from us.

So, what are some symptoms of estrogen dominance? Here are a few:

Breast tenderness
Bloating, Water Retention
Weight gain, especially in the waist and hips
Mood Swings, PMS
Irritability and anxiousness
Allergies, Sinus Infections
Cold Hands and Feet
Low Sex Drive
Dry eyes
Foggy thinking, Memory Loss
Fibrocystic Breasts
Hair Loss
Irregular Periods
Sluggish Metabolism
Uterine Fibroids

It is possible for men and women both to suffer from estrogen dominance, because, like I mentioned before, there is so much of it in our environment. Over time, more chronic conditions like as arthritis and premenopause symptoms may develop.

There are ways to naturally get a handle on estrogen dominance through diet and lifestyle changes. More to follow soon on the subject, but very basically going organic, taking in more fiber, cutting down on caffeine and alcohol,  exercising,  loosing a few pounds, and reducing your exposure to chemical estrogens (BPA, phthalates and parabens) would be a good start.