Many of us including myself sometimes do not hydrate our bodies enough. We get busy at our jobs, or involved in a project and we realize at the end of the day that we really didn’t drink anything, especially water. Dehydration is not something that occurs only in warm weather, or just by excessive sweating.
Water is by far the best thing to drink for hydration and to keep your body functions. Did you know that that The Institute of Medicine) recommends men get roughly three liters of total beverage intake every day, and women get 2.2 liters? If you are a person who drinks a lot during the day, this seems like a huge number, however once you start to make a conscious effort to intake more fluids, this becomes very easy to do.
Some of the signs and symptoms of dehydration are as follows;
BAD BREATH: Dehydration prevents our bodies from making saliva, which saliva has antibacterial properties.
DRY SKIN: “A lot of people think that people who get dehydrated are really sweaty; but as you go through various stages of dehydration, you become very dizzy and you don’t have enough blood volume so you get very dry skin,” Dr. Higgins says.
MUSCLE CRAMPS: Any of you ever get these awful muscle cramps? They can be a very painful thing. When you are dehydrated it causes changes in in the electrolytes, sodium and potassium causing the muscle to cramp.
FEVER & CHILLS: Once you become severely dehydrated, you can spike a fever or have chills. Fevers can be especially dangerous and you should seek medical attention.
HEADACHES: Your brain sits in a fluid sack to keep it from bumping the skull. “If that fluid sack is depleted or running low because of dehydration, the brain can push up against parts of the skull, causing headaches.”
FOOD CRAVINGS: “When you’re dehydrated, it can be difficult for some nutrients and organs like the liver which use water to release some glycogens and other components of your energy stores, so you can actually get cravings for food,” Higgins says. While you can crave anything from chocolate to a salty snack, cravings for sweets are more common because your body may be experiencing difficulty with glycogen production.” state, Dr. Higgins
I am sure we all can relate to one or more of these symptoms.
As I said prior, water is the best thing to hydrate the body. Keep a water bottle with you at all time, you will be surprise how much more you will drink. There are other things you can do to help stay hydrated.
Snack on watery fruits and veggies such as; blueberries, strawberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, cucumbers.
Drink unsweetened herbal teas.
Spice up your water with fresh fruit, a splash of fruit juice, a cinnamon stick, use your imagination and taste buds to let you decide.
If you are going to drink a re-hydration drink we recommend Advocare Rehydrate.
Add it to a glass of water in the morning and one at night. This provides your body with a full spectrum crucial electrolytes, includes Amino Acids to feed your muscles, fuels your body with carbohydrates for energy production and sustained muscle endurance, contains antioxidants to fight free radicals commonly produced during exercise, it also helps to prevent cramping during and after exercise.