Suffering from low energy? Before you take up an intense new training regime or completely overhaul your diet, consider another much simpler solution: dehydration.
Dehydration can have profound impacts on your mood, your energy, and your general health.
When you consider that the water makes up 85% of our brain, 80% of our blood, and 70% of our lean mass, itís easy to see why this is the case. Tragically though, a whopping 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated and are running at sub-par performance as a result.
How Dehydration Impacts Energy
So how precisely does dehydration affect your energy levels?
Having a lack of water can impact your electrolyte balance, for instance, leading to aching muscles and cramps. At the same time, it can reduce the production and usage of enzymes including digestive enzymes. Headaches are also common and especially in the morning. Inflammation increases leading to joint pain. Your eyes and throat can also feel scratchy and generally you end up lethargic, grumpy, and low.
THE EFFECTS OF ACUTE DEHYDRATION THESE INCLUDE:
* Dry mouth and swollen tongue
* Weakness of the muscles
* Heart palpitations
* Fainting * Confusion
* Lack of sweat
When you have low-level dehydration on a chronic basis, you simply experience all these same symptoms but to a slightly lesser extent.
HOW TO COMBAT DEHYDRATION
One obvious tip is to keep water around and to drink regularly.
- On your nightstand before bed so you drink it first thing in the morning to REhydrate
- Have a refillable bottle you keep with you during the day
- Aim to drink at least half your body weight in ounces
BE MINDFUL WITH BEVERAGES THAT DEHYDRATE
Alcohol dehydrates you for instance, as does caffeine. The reason for this is that both are diuretics, causing you to lose almost as much fluid as you gain. Something else that can help and that many people don’t at first consider is that we actually get the majority of our hydration from food.
SNEAK MORE HIGH-WATER CONTENT FOODS INTO YOUR DAILY DIET
- Plain Yogurt
- Bell Peppers
Another favorite: CHIA SEEDS!
These little babies have the ability to absorb and hold water, then release it slowly over time to keep you constantly hydrated.
Properly hydrating ourselves is one of the simplest and most effective ways of taking care of our bodies and our mind. When we neglect our fluid intake, we feel it and it can mess not only with our physical energy but our mental energy as well. So get that big bottle out and get after it!
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