Dehydration is much more common then you might think especially in our hot climate and if you are engaging in sports and exercise.
How can I tell if I am dehydrated? Symptoms include thirst, dry mouth, headaches, dizziness, muscle fatigue, dry cool skin, and fatigue.
So I think I’m dehydrated, what can I do?
• Start hydrating before you are thirsty.
• Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day.
• It’s a good idea to keep a bottle of water with you at all times and sip it throughout the day.
• Remember not all beverages are created equal; water, coconut water and juice are good options.
• Eat water laden foods like cucumbers, watermelon, iceberg lettuce, and celery
Also certain sports drinks can be a good choice to help replace electrolytes. Choose sports drinks and juice options that are low in sugar and not loaded with chemicals and poor ingredients.
Steer clear of are alcoholic and caffeinated beverages (such as coffee, teas, and sodas), which tend to pull water from the body and may actually fuel dehydration.
Drink a large glass of water when you wake up in the morning. Add some lemon for an added detox effect.
Make sure to increase your intake in hot and also humid weather, and during exercise and activity. For every hour of strenuous activity or exercise drink one additional liter of fluid.
Urine is also a great barometer; clear, pale, or straw-colored, urine is good. If it’s darker or you are lacking in urination keep on drinking!
Lastly, staying hydrated is a key component to a weight loss plan it flushes toxins out of your system, keeps your digestive tract healthy and can help you feel fuller, cutting down the risk of binge eating or consuming excess calories.”