Did you know that dehydration occurs when you have excessive fluid losses, or by not drinking enough fluids. There are several symptoms that you may experience from being dehydrated which include dry mouth, excessive thirst, dry skin, muscle cramps, decreased urine output, headaches, and darker yellow-colored urine.
As we all know, our body depends on water to survive and it needs water to work properly.
We all need water for our overall good health.
As health experts would say, we need to drink water every day. Most of us have been told to drink 6 to 8 glasses of water daily. However, different people need different amounts of water to stay hydrated. Most healthy people can stay well hydrated by drinking water and other fluids whenever they feel thirsty. Others need fewer than 8 glasses of water while some may need more than 8 glasses each day.
Some people are also at higher risk of dehydration, which include people who exercise at a high intensity (or in hot weather) for too long, those who have certain medical conditions, are sick, pregnant or breastfeeding, those who are trying to lose weight, or are not able to get enough fluids during the day.
Older adults are also at higher risk. As experts say, your brain may not be able to sense dehydration as you grow older and may not send signals for thirst.
Other options to consider
While water is best for staying hydrated, there are other drinks and foods that can also help keep you hydrated. Consider fruit and vegetable juices, milk, and herbal teas to add to the amount of water you get each day.
Even caffeinated drinks like coffee, tea, and soda can also contribute to your daily water intake.
However, it’s best to limit caffeinated drinks and be mindful of what you drink. Some drinks may also contain high levels of sugar.
Water can also be found in fruits and vegetables like watermelon, tomatoes, and lettuce.
Meanwhile, if you are planning to work out for more than an hour, having sports drinks can be helpful. These drinks contain carbohydrates and electrolytes that can boost your energy. They also help your body absorb water. However, you have to remember that some sports drinks contain high calories from added sugar as well as high levels of sodium.
So, it would be best to check the serving size on the label. Remember that a safe amount of caffeine to consume each day is not more than 400 milligrams.
There are also energy drinks that are available in the market. But know that they are not the same as sports drinks. Energy drinks usually contain large amounts of caffeine and ingredients that overstimulate you, which are not essential to the body. According to doctors, most energy drinks are also high in added sugar and are not recommended for children and teens.
If you find drinking water challenging and staying hydrated is difficult for you, here are some tips that can help.
Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning
Have you tried drinking a glass of water as soon as you wake up in the morning? It’s refreshing and is said to flush out all the toxins that are stored in your body overnight and therefore balances the lymphatic system. Or you can also take a drink while you are brewing that morning coffee or tea.
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Carry a water bottle with you throughout the day
Keep a bottle of water with you. Keep in mind that you are more likely to drink water if it is with you. To reduce your costs, carry a reusable water bottle and fill it up throughout the day rather than buying bottles of water.
Flavor your water
If you don’t like the taste of plain water, try adding a few slices of lemon or lime to your drink. You may also consider adding some strawberries or cucumbers to your water to add a whole new taste. Or try adding frozen blueberries as ice cubes.
Take water breaks
Don’t forget to take a few sips of water between work tasks, or when you go for a walk for a mental break throughout the day.
Eat your water
Did you know that staying hydrated is not all about beverages! Your body is able to absorb water from the foods that we eat. Some of the foods that have a high water percentage include cantaloupe, strawberries, spinach, watermelon, peaches, bell peppers, and cucumbers.
There is an app for that!
In this digital world, there are a lot of apps for just about everything. If you have trouble remembering to drink water, find an app that works for you, remind you to drink on a schedule, and track your water intake.
Sip before you snack
Remind yourself that when you’re feeling hungry, you have to drink water. Our body usually confuses thirst with hunger. Drinking water may also contribute to a healthy weight-loss plan. Some research suggests that drinking water can help you feel full. So, before you search food from the fridge, try taking a sip of water instead.
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