Drink More Water
Every Sip Counts When You're Peri/Menopausal
I find it hard to believe now but I was never a water drinker. In fact, I hated it! What?! I know, right?! I grew up drinking juice and soda and it took me years to get with the program. Once I got on board there was no going back and now I drink on average 160oz p/day.
Water is always essential to the body, but it becomes especially important to those of us entering into, or already in menopause. Decreases in estrogen as we age lead to dehydration. Dehydration contributes to: headaches, bad breath, dry skin, but also, and this is really what we're looking to combat, dehydration increases the severity in peri/meno symptoms like:
You know what else? Often when you're not well hydrated, you think you're hungry and tend to overeat. So drinking enough water also helps you to maintain a healthy weight.
In addition to getting used to the "taste," which I whined about for the longest, I had trouble making sure I drank enough water throughout the day. I get this, especially when you're not able to access a bathroom whenever you need to. Do your best.
Here are some tips to getting it all in and making sure you like it while it's going down:
Upon rising, have 16oz water, room temperature if possible, with a squeeze of fresh lemon. Room temp water with lemon has been shown to jumpstart the metabolism and digestive system for the day.
Track your intake throughout the day. Write it down, mark your water bottle, however it works for you to keep track, do it. You'll very quickly see how much you're lacking or exceeding your daily goals and honestly, you'll get into it quickly and want to meet your daily target. Also, and this is pretty cool, you'll get a feeling for when you're hydrated and when you're not. You'll understand that when you're feeling thirsty, you're already dehydrated and that when you're well hydrated, you're not hungry, hangry or drowsy throughout the day.
Keep a water bottle on hand. Have one in your purse, take it with you on errands, finish what's in the bottle by the time you get home.
If you're a caffeine drinker like most of us are, you need MORE water. Caffeine and alcohol are dehydrating. You may want to add an electrolyte supplement to your repertoire. Caffeine and alcohol flush water out of your system. Decrease your intake and/or add an electrolyte supplement. I use this one.
Carbonated beverages, yes, I'm talking seltzer water, does NOT count in your daily intake! In fact, it's just as dehydrating as coffee and alcohol. Skip the bubbles.
Having a pitcher in the fridge at the ready, with slices of lemon and lime, is handy, refreshing, elegant and measured (meaning you can measure exactly how many cups are in there and how many you need to drink). It's also a great way to encourage others to drink up. A pretty pitcher with slices of citrus fruits entices everyone!
When all else fails and vanity reigns, know that you're doing the very best for your hair and skin. Ha!
Sip it don't slurp it, Beauties! xo