Did you know many common symptoms such as lethargy, low energy levels, brain fog, muscle weakness, light-headedness, muscle cramps, nausea, dry skin and lips, and even increased breathing and heart rate can be attributed to dehydration?
A whopping 75% of our body consists of water, which 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 or when we have a fever, when our bodies eliminate waste in the form of urine and bowel movements, and even when we breathe.
To replace this routine water loss from our bodies, we should drink six to eight glasses of water (depending on your body weight) daily. Water is also present in large amounts in fruit and vegetables, so increasing your daily intake of these items will help as well. Also be aware that alcohol, coffee and other caffeinated drinks are dehydrators, so add 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 and not from glaciers or springs as many people believe. Simply turn on your tap, fill up a water bottle, and take it with you, whether you are at your desk working, running errands in your busy life or relaxing at home. I often add a tiny amount of unsweetened pomegranate or blueberry juice to my water bottle to spice up the flavor.
Lorieb is the mother of three sons, residing in Kanata, Ontario, Canada. She is the proud owner of GARDENS4U, and spends most of her time designing, planting, and restoring gardens. Her other hobbies include reading and writing. Please check out her website at www.gardens4u.ca