Feeling Tired? You could be dehydrated.

Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Health & Nutrition

glassOur body’s ability to tell us we need more fluids can be at times ambiguous. We are all familiar with feeling thirsty after a hard workout or just walking around on a hot day. The thought of a nice ‘cold one’ consumes the mind; we lick our lips with anticipation prior to seeking out fluids to satisfying this basic need.

Sometimes, however, the body’s signal that we need hydrating is not so obvious. In fact, some of the signs that you may be dehydrated can be confusing:

  • Feeling tired or weak
  • Hunger
  • Headache
  • Mood swings

So rather than taking a pain-killer for your headache or reaching for a chocolate bar when feeling hungry or tired, why not grab a glass of water instead? At the very least you can rule out dehydration as being a cause if the symptoms persist.

More often than not we just don’t drink enough water. Many of us worship the body when satisfying our nutritional urges from food. The odd treat is never overlooked too often when the impulse arrives – especially when you spot that tub of Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream, peeping out from under the frozen spinach in the freezer.

Here are a few reasons to start treating your body to the fluid it deserves.

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Energy – even being mildly dehydrated can sap your energy levels.

Headaches – a common symptom of not enough fluids. A hangover is a prime example of headache related dehydration.

Healthy Skin – I like to call this moisturizing from the inside out.

Detoxifying – water flushes out toxins and waste products, cleansing the body.

Digestive System – fluid plays a big part in how often and how regular we are regarding this process. In fact, most GP’s will ask their patients about their fluid intake when discussing symptoms such as constipation or diarrhoea.

Q. How much should I drink?hydrated ref droplets on leaf2

A. Depending on body size and how much fluid you lose through activity 2 – 3 liters a day is recommended.

Tip. I found that keeping a 2lt water jug either in the fridge or on my desk is very handy and convenient. It reminds me to drink more and, serves as a gauge, indicating how much fluid I’m managing to consume.

Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink; when you are thirsty you are already dehydrated!

Please look-out for future posts – I’ll be adding some healthy recipes that add a twist of flavour for those who struggle with plain old H2º.

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