Menopause – Part 4

Many times, the weight gain associated with menopause may be due in part to water retention. Read on for a few ideas to minimize or avoid it.

Water Retention
Menopause may also cause water retention. To avoid this, drink more water. If you are well hydrated, your kidneys won’t hang to water they don’t need. Cutting back on sodium is also recommended as excess sodium will increase water retention by your kidneys. Regular aerobic exercise will help get rid of excess sodium through sweat loss and will improve your vessel tone. Make sure you get enough calcium, magnesium, vitamin D and B6. Deficiencies can cause sodium retention so a multivitamin/mineral supplement could help. Calcium requirements increase after menopause anyway so a supplement may be necessary. On the same note, low magnesium levels have been linked to sugar cravings. If you are interested in a supplement, make sure that it doesn’t contain iron because of the risk for toxicity with a cease in menses. And after all that, eat more asparagus. It is a natural diuretic!

Emily Fonnesbeck RD, CD