Many people are dehydrated–and most of us aren’t even aware that there’s a problem.
In fact, we tend to associate many of the symptoms of dehydration–fatigue, weakness, headaches, and even feelings of hunger with being hungry. Interestingly, in many cases, the real problem is mild or moderate dehydration. Other symptoms of relatively low-level dehydration include muscle cramps and infrequent urination. Symptoms of more severe dehydration include irritability, confusion, rapid heartbeat, and dizziness. One of the easiest ways to tell whether you’re dehydrated is to pay attention to your urine. If it’s pale yellow or almost clear, chances are you’re okay. If it’s dark, you should probably be drinking more.
How Drinking Water Increases Your Energy–and More
Water accounts for approximately 60% of our body weight. Every single one of our organs and bodily requires water to function properly. Dehydration, even at low levels, can cause various body functions to slow down, leaving you feeling sluggish, tired, and irritable.
As mentioned above, many of us confuse signs of dehydration with signs of hunger.
As a result, we may eat when we’re just thirsty. Drinking more water could help you eat less, which, in turn, could help you lose weight.
How Much Should You Drink?
Most experts recommend that the average healthy adult drinks the equivalent of eight e-ounce glasses of water every day (we’re saying “the equivalent” because, as we discuss below, fluid-rich foods and many other fluids count). Of course, you’ll need more if you’re working out, pregnant, breastfeeding, or sweating a lot for some other reason.
For added health benefits, you can consume fluid-rich foods in addition to your water intake. Foods such as broths, soups, celery, tomatoes, melons, and oranges are 85-95% water. It is an excellent alternative for individuals who aren’t crazy about drinking glass after glass of water daily.
To avoid dehydration don’t wait until you’re thirsty before consuming water or other fluids.
Water is the driving force of all nature!
– Leonardo Da Vinci