Sometimes we get so busy with life, we forget to properly hydrate. Many people consistently do not drink enough water throughout the day–which can have a huge impact on your health.
Water makes up more than half the average person’s body weight, and when we don’t drink enough of it, our body responds negatively. Here are a few tips and facts about dehydration.
What is dehydration?
When your body loses more fluids than it takes in, you become dehydrated. There are three categories of dehydration: mild, moderate, and severe.
Are you dehydrated?
Symptoms of mild or moderate dehydration include thirst and a dry mouth. You may also experience symptoms like headaches and muscle cramping. Symptoms of severe dehydration can include rapid heartbeat, lack of energy, and fainting. Seek medical attention immediately if you are experiencing severe dehydration.
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 so 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).