Dehydration is More Common Than People Realize: How to Tell If You are NOT Getting Enough Water

Posted March 13, 2008. There have been 7 comments

Ahhh, water. Our bodies crave it and it tastes so good. But how much water do you really need? And what are the best kinds? Read on to learn how to give your body the hydration it needs.

Are you dehydrated?

One of the easiest conditions to reverse, but one of the most commonly overlooked, dehydration is serious and can cause major problems in your body. Severe dehydration is even fatal.

Here's how to know if you're dehydrated:

  • Headache
  • Irritability
  • Weakness
  • Cravings for sugar and salt
  • Dizziness
  • Dark urine
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Some people experience these symptoms on a regular basis, especially the milder ones like headache, irritability, cravings and weakness.

But most people don't realize that these are symptoms of dehydration!

Imagine: the solution to your chronic headaches and afternoon fatigue could be as simple as drinking more water. But that's not the only solution, so read on to find out more!

Bodies of Water

Our bodies are mostly made up of water, and our cells need lots of it. While you do get some water from water-rich foods like fruits and vegetables, you also need to drink a substantial amount of water every day.

How much?

Most health experts are now recommending that you drink half your body weight in ounces of water every day.

If you're 200 pounds, that's 100 ounces of water. That's 12.5 cups or 3 quarts, 4 ounces of water.
What's the best way to get that much water? Just think slow and steady.

Sipping 2 to 3 ounces at a time is the best way to effectively hydrate your body. If you gulp it down, you may dilute your blood and actually cause your kidneys to excrete more water.

Here are a few other tips for optimal water consumption:

  • Drink only 2 to 4 ounces of water with meals.
  • During and after exercise, always replenish with more water.
  • Whenever possible, drink pure, high quality water.

Hydrate Your Body Right

Now that you're ready to properly hydrate your body, it's time to decide what kind of water to drink. But with all the water out there, sometimes it is difficult to decide what kind is best.

Here at Body Ecology, we recommend that you drink pure, mineral-rich water whenever possible.

Mineralrich waters include:

  • Well water
  • Natural spring water
  • Artesian or spring water
  • Mineral water

Look for these designations on labels.

If you use tap water to drink or for cooking be sure you use a high quality water filter. There are many on the market. Reverse osmosis water is pure but we suggest you add minerals to this water because it is acidic. To learn more about the different kinds of water filters available, read The Best Water to Drink, And The Types That Should Be Avoided.

If you don't always like the taste of pure water, try some Body Ecology options:

  • Make a healthy "soda" by combining sparkling mineral water with a few ounces of one of our probiotic liquids, plus a 12 - 15 drops of Stevia, and even a splash of lemon or lime juice.

    Full of alkalizing minerals and probiotics, you can hydrate your body and populate your intestines with good microflora at the same time.

    One of our favorite probiotic liquids is InnergyBiotic, the gluten-free probiotic liquid that makes you feel happy and energetic from the inside out.

  • Brew some tea. Tea time is a ritual around the world. Delicious and nutritious, teas have powerful antioxidants, vitamins and minerals plus a great flavor. They can certainly make it easier to enjoy your recommended amount of water every day.

Find out about the benefits of one of our favorites, green tea, by reading: The Nine Most Amazing Health Benefits of Green Tea

Add apple cider vinegar to your waterApple cider vinegar in water makes an potassium-rich and alkalizing drink that helps you digest animal protein and lowers your blood sugar.

Ahhh, water. Our bodies crave it and it tastes so good. But how much water do you really need? And what are the best kinds? Read on to learn how to give your body the hydration it needs.

Just because you need to drink a lot of water doesn't mean it can't be delicious. If you are thirsty and want a tasty, sparkling beverage, try a probiotic liquid, like InnergyBiotic With nutritious and delicious drinks like these, you'll be hydrated AND energized!

Still Thirsty?

Are you drinking large amounts of water but still experience dehydration symptoms? You might actually have adrenal fatigue.

Your adrenals are two tiny organs that sit on top of your kidneys. They create energy and regulate hormone levels in your body, including those that help you respond to stress.

If your body and mind are frequently under stress (from negative thoughts and emotions, lack of sleep, processed foods, and toxins), you may be depleting your adrenals and thus unknowingly dehydrating your body. No amount of water will hydrate your body unless you first nourish your tired adrenals.

Adrenals need rest and nourishment, so adequate sleep, plenty of minerals, and pure water can renew your adrenal function, enabling your body to stay healthy AND hydrated.

To learn more about hydration and adrenal fatigue readYou May Be Dehydrated Even If You Drink Lots of Water: Dehydration Risks & Solutions.

Hydration for A Healthy Body

To sum it all up... proper hydration is essential for a health body. Each time you hydrate, you will flush out toxins, give your cells needed water for proper function and cellular growth and enjoy greater energy.

So while pure water with minerals is your most important liquid to drink each day, additional liquids from a tasty tea (especially hot with meals to aid digestion) or a delicious probiotic liquid "soda," for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, here's to drinking up to build up your health!

Cheers!

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7 Comments

  • Is it a good idea to drink out of a garden hose (assuming it's not brand new), like the boy in the picture above?

    Posted on Jan 9 at 10:02 am

  • what happens if you are dehyrated and your if your sick (dierriea) and it wont stay in your system

    Posted on Nov 20 at 8:48 am

  • Cindy... I Doubt you'll see this...
    But until I started drinking high quality water NOT IN PLASTIC, I always felt dehydrated too.
    I get Mountain Valley Spring Water delivered to my house now, & it's probably the most important thing I pay for all month. I love it... & couldn't Reccomend it more to people. Absolutely worth it.

    Posted on Aug 20 at 12:14 am

  • I ALWAYS play volleyball so water is VERY VERY important to me. Our coach tells us to bring 1 water bottle and 1 gatorade or mineral water or something healthy for our games! But for practice he only tells us to bring 1 water bottle and he says since its practice, you can fill it up in our high school hallway! :)

    Posted on May 28 at 11:01 am

  • Water melon and water melon juice is excellent for kidney/bladder health!

    Posted on Jul 29 at 7:23 pm

  • In the Texas heat - this is VERY valuable information. We are going on a stretch of about 30 days with a temperature of 100+ and sweating is simply a way of life down here.

    Are there any additional recommendations (beyond the excellent ones you mention here) to deal with the extreme temperatures & humidity?

    Thank you!
    Kaia

    Posted on Jul 18 at 10:22 am

  • What teas are best for making a caffeine free drink to help with dehydration. I drink lots of water yet feel I am dehydrated. The doctors continually ask me because my blood is thick and my hematocrit and hemaglobin are high and I guess that is a sign of dehydration, or can be.

    Also, can I make my own probiotic spritzer for hydrating my cells? Thanks so much. Cindy

    Posted on Jul 13 at 7:54 pm

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