It doesn’t have to be summer or even hot outside to get dehydrated. It can happen easier in the winter, since you aren’t as thirsty and not thinking about the problem. In order to look and feel your best, hydration is key. When you’re working out, staying hydrated is important for both your body and maximizing the benefits of your workout. If you’re feeling tired, try a bottle of cold water, first. You’ll probably find it’s better than even a cup of coffee as a picker upper.
Do you have a headache or are you feeling brain fog?
There might be a reason for this. You might be dehydrated. Your brain is approximately 75% water. Water is necessary for the electrical energy your brain requires. It needs twice as much energy as other cells, which adequate hydration requires. Your brain requires water to remove toxins and carry nutrition for the brain. If your body drops a mere two percent of its water, you could experience fuzzy memory, focusing problems and difficulty with simple math problems. Dehydration is often mistaken for dementia in seniors, accounts for low blood pressure and rapid heart rate.
Sipping on water throughout the day can help you lose weight.
Water can become your best friend when you’re working on weight loss. It can keep you feeling full and help you eat less at a meal if you drink an eight ounce glass before that meal. Mild dehydration often masks itself as hunger. You know those times when you know you want something and the juicer it is, the better it sounds. If you think you’re hungry, drink a bottle of water first. You might just find you were just thirsty and save yourself some calories.
Increase the amount of water you drink and make it a healthy habit.
Increase the amount of water you drink, not just the amount of liquid. If you’re big on soft drinks, or even sports drinks, switch out for a tall bottle of water. Drinks like Gatorade and soft drinks contain a lot of sugar. They aren’t as good for your body as plain ole’ water. If you’ve worked out less than an hour that day or had an hour workout that wasn’t strenuous, you won’t need to replenish your electrolytes. Plain water is the best route to go.
- If you’re experiencing side effects of dehydration, such as head aches or brain fog, drink a glass of water and within 20 minutes the symptoms will reverse. All this time, you thought the aspirin you were taking cured the headache, it may have just been the water you drank to wash it down.
- As you age, you become more prone to dehydration. As an adult, it’s at its worse when you’re a senior. Not only do many seniors fail to recognize they’re thirsty and drink less, they dehydrate quicker.
- Who doesn’t want to look his or her best? You can do it with the miracle of water. Not only does spritzing water on your face keep your skin moist, drinking does too. It also helps keep your skin free of blemishes.
- At Prime Performance, we want you to stay your fittest and healthiest. We can help you with exercise and tips on healthy eating. Don’t forget to make this small change today and drink more water. Your body will thank you.
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