5 Ways to Know You’re Dehydrated

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Are you dehydrated right now?  Would you know if you were?  To stay hydrated you have to think about the climate where you live, the amount of exercise or exertion in your day that causes sweat and your physical weight.  You should drink ½ to 1 ounce of water for every pound you weigh.  So if you weigh 160 pounds, you need to drink 80 ounces or 10 cups of water for light exercise in cool climates to 160 ounces or 20 cups with moderate to heavy exercise in hot climates.  Do you drink enough water?  See if you’re dehydrated?

1. Are You Thirsty?

If you are reaching for that beverage because you’re thirsty, then you are already dehydrated.  This is the first sign your body gives you when the fluid levels are low.  It is best to drink water all the time and never feel thirst, but if you are thirsty, grab a bottle of water before any other liquid which may not actually hydrate the body.

 2. How Yellow is Too Yellow?

This is not the most delightful subject, but the color of your urine is your second strongest indicator of hydration prior to becoming seriously ill.  Your goal is to have it as clear is possible to a very light lemony tint.  If it is yellow to gold or worse nearly brown, you are dehydrated.  Think of it as a litmus test. The darker the color, the more danger you’re in.  With that being said, many vitamins and supplements can color your urine.  Typically, these colors will be extraordinarily bright and unnatural looking.

3. Strain Free Bowel Movements

Yet another unpleasant topic, and yet one of the most common indicators of dehydration, and one we very rarely pay attention too.  Fiber is one part of this equation, and water is the other.  Nearly 20% of the global population suffers from constipation! A huge part of this group are people who are slightly to severely dehydrated.  Water in the body helps break down food, keep things soft and push it all through your system.  If the water isn’t there, everything stays dry and begins to compact within the bowels. Drink more water!

4. Headaches and/or Fatigue

The next time you have a headache or feel tired, and there’s absolutely no reason for it, chug a glass or two of water.  When the body gets a little low on H2O, it changes your sodium and potassium levels.  It also changes your blood levels, as blood is mostly water. When the brain experiences changes in the blood and minerals of the body, it creates pain to let you know something is wrong. As the blood gets thicker, the vessels dilate causing the heart to pump harder, and the entire body has to operate with less blood and oxygen, which is carried in the blood.  This makes you tired as your body is trying to conserve energy for basic life functions.

5. Muscle Cramps and Lack of Sweat

As said above, water keeps sodium and potassium levels up in the body.  Both of these are vital to the health and comfort of your muscles.  Have you ever heard someone say to eat a banana for its potassium to avoid leg cramps? Increase your water before and after a workout to give your muscles what they need. If you are not sweating as much as usual or at all, you are severely dehydrated and approaching heat exhaustion or heat stroke.  You must cool yourself down quickly and continually sip water until symptoms subside.

Now you have five more reasons to drink Avitae!  Grab your next bottle of water at a local supermarket today.

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