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.