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Dehydration and What it Could Mean for You

About 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated and I was one of them for so long! I was losing more water than I was consuming. And as someone with multiple

autoimmune diseases, it left my immune system inflamed causing lowered blood pressure, cardiac symptoms, dizziness, a feeling of lethargy and digestive issues.

On average, a person’s body is 60% water and the brain is 75% water. Research shows that total body water loss of only 1 to 3% can lead to poor concentration, impaired mental performance, low mood and frequent headaches. This amount of loss can happen easily during normal daily activities and especially during exercise.

How do you know you are dehydrated? Your body will react to a lack of fluids by having diseases and related health problems such as: dry mouth; lethargy; increases asthma & allergies; promotes high cholesterol; weakness or cramping in muscles; headache; nausea; dizziness; skin disorders; digestive issues; lack of sweating; kidney or bladder problems; sunken eyes; shriveled and dry skin; low blood pressure; increased heart rate; fever and delirium.

When you’re properly hydrated, you’ll have to go to the restroom multiple times throughout the day. Even though this may seem inconvenient, you will be ridding your body of excess hormones, toxins and many other substances that pose a threat to our health. Drinking water is the simple cure for dehydration but so many of us are challenged by this basic task. If this resonates with you, here are the

Top 3 tips to help you drink more:

  • Make it tasty! Try filling a pitcher with filtered water and add your favorite fruit and/or herbs. Think strawberries and kiwi, cucumber and mint or orange rinds and lemon. Let the flavors infuse overnight or use an infuser water bottle. You will have a delightful and tasty drink to look forward to all day!

  • Eat more vegetables and fruit! They contain up to 80% water and are loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber. Always look for ways to include more at meals and snacks. For example, bring some pre-cut veggies with dip or hummus in a container to work or while traveling.

  • Have a glass of water at your work desk or at home. For many, if water is out of sight, it is out of mind. Having a visual reminder can prompt you to sip throughout the day. If you feel thirsty, you are already partially dehydrated! Balance is key: Drinking water throughout the day is better for your health than drinking a lot all at once.

Need a friendly reminder? There are a few apps out there such as Daily Water – Water Reminder & Counter. You can also set an alarm on your phone or on the hour, every hour drink 4-6 oz. of water. There are also labeled water bottles to keep you on track throughout the day.

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