Did you know many common symptoms such as lethargy, low energy levels, brain fog, muscle weakness, light-headedness, muscle cramps, nausea, dry skin and lips, and even increased breathing and heart rate can be attributed to dehydration?
What is dehydration?
A whopping 75% of our body consists of water, which is present in our cells, between our cells in body tissue, and in our blood vessels. When this percentage drops, caused by more water leaving the body than coming in, we suffer the consequences. By the time we actually feel thirsty, we are dehydrated.
Water loss happens routinely when we sweat during exercise, when we have a fever, when our bodies eliminate waste in the form of urine and bowel movements, and even when we breathe.
How can we prevent dehydration?
To replace this routine water loss from our bodies, we should drink six to eight glasses of water (depending on your body weight) daily. Water is also present in large amounts in fruit and vegetables, so increasing your daily intake of these items will help as well. Also be aware that alcohol, coffee and other caffeinated drinks are dehydrators, so add a glass of water to your daily requirements for each serving of these items you consume. You can include herbal tea in your daily requirement of water, it is actually hydrating.
Drinking water does not have to be inconvenient or expensive; in fact, up to 25% of bottled water comes from municipal sources and not from glaciers or springs as many people believe. Simply turn on your tap, fill up a water bottle, and take it with you, whether you are at your desk working, running errands in your busy life, or relaxing at home. I often add a tiny amount of unsweetened fruit juice, or a few drops of fresh lemon or lime juice to my water bottle to spice up the flavor.