Water Retention and Menopause

Erin Benjamin 

If going through menopause isn’t difficult enough, you start to see yourself gaining weight. You’re not just gaining unwanted pounds. In fact, you feel tightness in your fingers and toes. If you eat something salty, you aggravate the situation even more.

Blame what you feel on menopause! As much as you try to limit what you eat, your body manages to retain water. This explains the bloating! The last thing you want is to feel worse about yourself. You didn’t think that was even possible, but when you weighed yourself, you felt another blow to your ego.

What to Do

Water Retention and MenopauseWater retention is a normal symptom of menopause. Women who have lost the ability to ovulate can tell you that this has happened to them as well. There’s actually no need to panic. There are several solutions that you can look into. It’s about time that you take control of the situation rather than making it control you.

If you find yourself feeling bloated, there’s no need to think that this is the end of the world for you. In fact, dealing with what you have is easy as long as you’re willing to do the following natural methods:

  1. Reduce your salt intake – cut down on junk food, processed foods, and other foods with high sodium content. From now on, read the ingredients of whatever you get from the grocery.
  2. Start exercising – Hit the gym or walk around the block. The point here is that you need to start sweating. Exercise reduces water buildup. More importantly, don’t use age as an excuse to start leading a sedentary life. Age doesn’t have to do anything with your energy levels. If you want to reclaim your energy, it’s time that you do something about it.
  3. Change your diet – Include foods high in vitamin B as this could prevent water retention. If you don’t get enough of this in your meals, you can make up for what your body lacks through supplements.
  4. Increase your water intake – Drink plenty of fluids, particularly water. Health experts say that distilled water works best. More importantly, make sure that you get at least 8 glasses or more into your system each day. It helps to carry around a jug so that you don’t forget to take a sip every so often.
  5. Get some rest – Whenever you head to bed, elevate your legs so that these are higher than your heart level. You’ll be able to reduce the swelling in your ankles and feet by bringing the excess fluid back to your heart and kidneys.
  6. Get a massage – Not only will this help distribute fluids all over your body, but getting a massage comes with an extra perk: it helps you relax and cope with menopause much better.