The importance of staying hydrated – Watch out for dehydration signs !
Most of us are not monitoring enough the fluid intake we drink per day. When talking about fluid, it is not about water contained in your food (soups included), it is about the real amount of water you drink in between. Teas and coffees do not count. Have you ever counted how many glasses do you drink per day ?
Our body needs water to function well. If deprived or supplied in lower quantities, chronic dehydration sets in and stresses the metabolism. Body functions are no longer sustained properly and problems start to occur. Constipation is a common sign of chronic dehydration for instance.
Are there signs that you should monitor that will tell you if you are dehydrated? Yes there are plenty but you must note that paying attention to your feeling of thirst is not reliable enough as a sign to tell you if you need to drink water or not. Obviously, if you live in a warm country or if your physical activity is above average, you need to drink even more, unless your doctor did put you on fluid-restricted regimen,
Among thirst signs, you should monitor how dark or concentrated are your urines. Feeling dizzy or having a headache could be a sign of dehydration too. Dry skin and/or dry mouth are generally indicating you have not drunken enough. Cravings of snacks or sweet food are often also a sign of dehydration.
Remember that to help your fluid intake and retain the water in your body, you should complement your diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Also, to make sure you are reminded to drink up more, place a bottle of water or a glass close to your work place or in your bag. This will ensure you remember to take a sip here and there and it helps to calculate the quantity you ingested as you remember how many glasses you had.
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