Why is it important to be aware of dehydration during menopause and peri-menopause? The circus of change during this period brings with it the increased chance of becoming dehydrated. Because of the excessive sweating brought on by hot flashes and night sweats, peri-menopausal and menopausal women need to drink more water to remain hydrated.
Interestingly, the more hydrated you are, the less likely you will be to suffer from hot flashes and night sweats. Instead of the 64 oz (8-8 oz glasses) rule, opt for drinking one-half to two-thirds of your body weight in ounces of water each day. For example, someone who weighs 150 pounds should drink at least 75 oz each day.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the average adult loses in excess of 10 cups of water per day. Due to night sweats and hot flashes it is likely that peri-menopausal and menopausal women lose more. During “the change” some women have been known to experience dizziness. This can be attributed to many things, like hormonal fluctuations and dehydration.
Worried about your appearance? Water can help there too. Dehydration can result in dry skin that is saggy and wrinkled, and as we age we are less able to conserve water. According to Selfgrowth.com, “a big percentage of the fluids that we ingest leave our body through sweat and urine, resulting in the need to drink more water than when we are younger.”
If you are, or you know someone who is going through peri-menopause or menopause, remember to hydrate to reduce night sweats and hot flashes and to keep the body functioning properly. Drink up!