Water and Menopause

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For women, menopause is a fact of a life event as it marks the end of the menstrual cycles. "The change" usually comes upon entering the fourth or fifth decade of life, but really varies from woman to woman. In layman's terms, this is the time when women make the transition from the child-bearing years to a time when the ovaries stop functioning. So, periods end. Some women would shout "Hooray!" at hearing that. Despite that being a good thing- as many women suffer from PMS (see related article), there are also negative side effects that come from menopause.

One of the most common symptoms of menopause is hot flashes-- over 75% of menopausal women get them. They can hit anytime, and even at mid-sleep, often accompanied by night sweats. They can be minor or they can be harsh and affect daily activity. These hot flashes can last from seconds to several minutes and even an hour. They begin in the chest; then the warmness then goes to the head. They can cause headaches, dizziness, and even nausea. Chills and vomiting can also occur. Water can come to the rescue in this uncomfortable condition. Drinking at least eight glasses of water per day can reduce the onset of hot flashes. At the onset of a flash, drinking cool water can help. Since most hot flashes occur at night, it is a good idea to keep a jug of water by the bed. Also, splashing the face with cool water will also alleviate the discomfort.

There are also many types of foods and drinks to avoid- and healthy options as a replacement. Carbonated beverages are a big no-no, as they can aid in bloating. The drinking water then not only can help hot flashes but also with other symptoms. Anything hot is also said to be avoided.

Dry skin is something else that is caused by menopause. Being hydrated from the inside out can aid in moisturizing the skin, often dry because of medications. Of course, moisturizers will also help the skin be soft and help get that glow back. A tip is to keep apply moisturizer while the skin is still damp. And, oil in your diet, believe it or not, can help keep skin moist too.

Those at menopause age are more prone to osteoporosis (see related article). Also, women who are malnourished are more likely to hit menopause earlier.

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