That if the answer to your health crisis was staring you right in the mouth? A survey of 300 British general practitioners found that one in five patient visits resulted in a diagnosis of dehydration. If this is surprising to you, you’re not alone. Water is something that even the most health-conscious among us can forget to prioritize.
It’s important to remember that a dry mouth and thirst are not the only sign that you are water-deprived, and in fact, many symptoms like fatigue, headaches, and brain fog can be resolved by simply increasing your daily intake of H2O.
Before you reach for the over-the-counter pain reliever, try rehydrating. Headaches are often attributed to dehydration. Many will find relief within 30 minutes of drinking 8 to 16 ounces of water while others will require additional glasses and more time.
Brain fog and anxiety.
Mild dehydration can affect your mind’s ability to function and think clearly. So, feed your brain with enough water to help you manage stress, tackle information overload, and master decision making.
When your body is dehydrated, it’s essentially in crisis. This means that it will pull water from areas like your colon to ensure that your brain, lungs, and heart have enough water to keep you alive. This can result in a backed-up bowel. Try adding up to a tablespoon of chia seeds to 16 ounces of room-temperature water. Let it set for 10 minutes, and drink up to motivate your colon to loosen up. Then keep up your hydration efforts throughout the day.
Irregular blood pressure.
Your blood is, in large part, made of water. Just like taking the moisture out of a sauce you are cooking on the stove, your blood will thicken in the absence of water. Thicker blood means your heart has to work harder to pump it through your body.
You might think your belly is begging for a mid-afternoon cookie and coffee break, but did you know that hunger and thirst requests actually originate in the same part of the brain? It’s true. You really might just need a tall glass of water and not a 3 p.m. sugar or caffeine rush to revive your energy and push through the rest of the day. Set up reminders on your phone or use other tools and technology to keep you mindfully motivated to stay fully hydrated throughout the day and avoid a late-afternoon energy crash.
Are you feeling inspired to drink more water, feel great, and thrive? It really can be as simple as revving up your efforts to drink enough water to keep your body looking and feeling great!