The Side effects of Dehydration
Feeling bloated? Constipated? Exhausted? You might possibly be dehydrated! It’s surprising how much people don’t drink enough water to support daily health needs. Water makes up for about 60 % of our bodies and is present in every cell. So it’s no wonder we feel so bad when our body is not getting enough water. Studies have shown that when our water levels drop to even 1.5 % less than what our bodies normally constitute. This drop can can negatively effect our mood, drop our energy levels, and even cognitive function!
Here are some reasons to start drinking more water:
•Better concentration and energy levels / better workouts
•Better mood, less toxic materials stored in our body and more energy!
•Weight loss and satiated appetite. Not only does water support our metabolism and prevents constipation but when we mistake thirst for hunger and end up eating more than we need to.
•Relieves headaches, water makes up 90 % of our brains.
•When we get enough water on the inside, it reflects beautifully on our eyes, skin, hair and nails. Water helps flush out toxins to get rid of problems that might cause acne and clogged pores.
•Ladies, if it’s that time of month, your hormone levels and blood loss means your body needs more water than usual. Drinking enough water will help maintain energy levels and improve your mood.
•It’s cheap and has zero calories!
There’s been a lot of dispute about how much water we should be drinking and whether we can count on food as part of our water consumption. An easy guide to how much water we should be drinking is to divide our weight in pounds in half and drink that many ounces in water. This makes sense as humans come in different sizes, so for example, if you weigh 140 pounds, you should be drinking 70 ounces of water everyday. And if you’re the type of person who likes to drink juices or flavored drinks, why not drink water infused with flavours like lemons, cucumbers and basil?
So what are you waiting for? Get hydrated!