Another problem associated with menopause is fluid retention (also due to hormonal disorders). Therefore, drinking plenty of fluids will help us eliminate toxins and prevent swelling that occurs, especially at the abdominal level.
Try to drink at least 2 liters a day. I know the dilemma of not wanting to drink… so be creative and well organized.
At night, you can make infusions or infused water for the next day (Water with strawberries / cucumber slices / fresh mint leaves / lemon peel / ginger…etc.); your water bottle should be by your side all day!
Avoid alcohol consumption as much as possible, because not only does it provide too many calories, but it also worsens hot flashes, night sweats and insomnia, just like coffee.
You can drink Kombucha to replace alcohol or beer 0.0, which has about 70 kcal per 330 ml. There is chicory coffee, which tastes similar to coffee and is beneficial for the intestinal flora.
Here are some recommendations for infusions and teas, which not only help to ingest more liquid itself, but also have positive effects against menopausal problems, such as insomnia, hot flashes or fluid retention:
In the Morning
A glass of water with a few drops of fresh lemon
Drinking a glass of water with a few drops of lemon in the morning on an empty stomach has many benefits for our immune system, thanks to its high content of antioxidants, phytonutrients and vitamin C. It also improves skin quality.
Apart from the aforementioned absolute lack of caffeine, chicory also has a wide range of biological and nutritional benefits for our body. Among them, we find the proliferation of beneficial bacteria in the intestine after the consumption of this particular infusion. This is because it has a compound of prebiotic fibers called inulin.
Chicory is a great source of minerals (such as potassium, phosphorus and calcium) and vitamins (especially those of group B). Which means that in addition to being an alternative to coffee, it can be a very beneficial complement to our diet.
In addition to its well-known and highly praised antioxidant properties, this healthy infusion helps speed up metabolism, that is, it helps us lose weight. Green tea increases fat burning, helps lower cholesterol levels and has important antioxidant properties due to its high content of polyphenolic compounds. For this reason, in addition to its diuretic properties, it is an allied infusion of this period of a woman’s life.
Green tea is a perfect drink during menopause because it contains a large amount of flavonoids that promote fat burning and weight loss. If you still do not feel like drinking it hot, you can prepare it with ice and some mint or lemon leaves, yes, drink it without sugar!
Chai (Infusion of green tea and spices)
1. Increases vitality
Spices are a natural and healthy stimulant, producing a slow and steady release of energy. This is beneficial at the beginning of the day and keeps us active throughout the day.
2. Prevents colds
The antioxidants in tea and spices improve our immune response. In particular, ginger is also effective in relieving symptoms if we already have a cold, as it reduces fever and helps expel mucus.
3. Stimulates metabolism
Some spices, such as cinnamon and cardamom, activate the metabolism and their regular consumption stimulates pancreatic enzymes, improving the metabolism of fats.
Chai is a satiating drink, which helps regulate appetite between meals.
4. Takes care of cardiovascular health
Chai spices combined with tea are a good source of polyphenols, which regulate blood fat levels and prevent their adhesion in the arteries.
5. Reduce abdominal swelling
Chai mixes enhance the activity of the stomach and digestion in general.
During the day
Infusion of Rose Petals
- 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon of coriander seeds
- 1 tablespoon of fennel seeds
- 1 tablespoon of rose petals
- 0.5L of hot water
This infusion has a refreshing effect on your body and supports better digestion.
Horsetail (fluid retention and weight gain)
It helps combat fluid retention as it has a diuretic action, but at the same time and remineralizing effect. On the one hand, the flavonoids and mineral salts it contains increase the flow of the urinary tract and, on the other, its content of potassium, magnesium and organic silicon remineralises the body and prevents loss of bone density, which is also the woman begins to confront at this time of her life.
Coconut water contains 46 calories, in addition to carbohydrates, fiber, protein, vitamin C, and minerals such as magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium, and calcium. It is very rich if you add a little limejuice and some ice cubes.
If you were used to your glass of wine at night, I recommend Kombucha. It has very little sugar and is very good for your intestinal flora, which will help your metabolism to lose weight.
Kombucha improves digestion, balances the acidity levels of the stomach, helping good digestion. It improves the intestinal flora and regulates its activity. Relieves menstrual disorders and hot flashes in menopause. Improves the health of nails, hair and skin, slowing down aging. Come on, from now on we will toast with Kombucha!
In the Afternoon
We can take it at any time, if we feel fatigued or low on energy. Of course, it is not advisable to drink more than five cups a day. For weight loss, we must drink green tea constantly, for a period of three months.
In the Evening
Sage (hot flashes and night sweats)
It is a medicinal plant that contains thermoregulatory properties, and that helps us to paralyze the nerve endings of the sweat glands. For this reason, the infusion of the leaves of this plant is used to combat night sweats, one of the problems that can affect many women in the menopausal stage.
Linden flower infusion (hot flashes and night sweats)
Linden flower is another very suitable plant to treat hot flashes and night sweats during menopause. You can take it an hour before bed for it to take effect. In addition, it has a diuretic effect, favoring the elimination of fluids from the body that tend to be retained during menopause.
This plant is also known by the name of lemongrass. It has a nice flavor and is very relaxing, so it is a good alternative to improve rest at that stage in which many women no longer sleep as before. It is usually mixed with chamomile to enhance its effect.
Drink UP and take care !!!