Many common symptoms such as lethargy, low energy levels, brain fog, muscle weakness, and light-headedness are from dehydration. Also included in the list are muscle cramps, nausea, and even increased breathing and heart rate.
What is dehydration?
A whopping 75% of our body consists of water. It 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 and when we have a fever. It also occurs when our bodies eliminate waste (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 daily. Fruit and vegetables contain lots of water, so increasing your daily intake of these items will help as well. Also be aware that alcohol, coffee and other caffeinated drinks are dehydrators. Adding 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, not from glaciers or springs as advertised. Simply turn on your tap, fill up a water bottle, and take it with you. This works at your desk working, running errands in your busy life, or relaxing at home. Add a splash of unsweetened fruit juice, or fresh lemon or lime slices to water to spice up the flavor.