Sometimes we get so busy with life, we forget to make sure we are getting enough of what allows us to live. Most people are not consistently drinking enough water throughout the day– which can have a huge impact on your health.
This is because water makes up more than half of what we are made of, so when we don’t have enough, our body responds negatively. Here are a few tips and facts about dehydration.
What is dehydration?
When your body looses more fluids then it takes in, you become dehydrated. There are three categories of dehydration: mild, moderate, and severe.
Are you dehydrated?
It’s fairly easy to know when you are mildly dehydrated, because you will naturally experience thirst, a headache, muscle cramping, and, most likely, a dry mouth. Severe dehydration will have more serious symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, lack of energy, and even fainting—at which point you need to see a medical professional.
How can I remember to hydrate?
Of course, the answer to staying hydrated is to drink a lot of water. But remembering to do so is usually the hardest part, so try the following to keep hydration in mind:
Try and set goals for yourself to drink a certain amount of water by a set time each day. Get yourself into a routine, where you eventually won’t have to remind yourself—it will just be a healthy habit.
Write it down
Sometimes writing yourself a quick note that will catch your eye is beneficial. If you are more tech savvy and have your phone, or even computer, set reminders to go off throughout the day, and let technology do the work for you!
On the go
If you know you will be out and about all day, plan ahead by bringing enough water to last until you get home (or somewhere with access to water).