As you may know, the human body is made of up to 60% water. Unfortunately, many people are in a perpetual state of dehydration, or on the brink of dehydration, every single day and they don't even know it. Considering we are practically made of water—even mild dehydration is classed as a loss of 1.5% of the normal water volume in your body—this is bound to have some negative effects on your body and mind.
When was the last time you had a drink of water today? Do you know how much water you should be consuming daily? Most health authorities recommend drinking eight, 8-ounce glasses, which is around 2 liters, or half a gallon every day.
Main Symptoms of Dehydration
Busy lives can lead to rushing and neglect of your diet and water intake alike. The most common symptoms of being dehydrated are, of course, feeling thirsty, having dry mouth and lips and having dark yellow urine. Unfortunately, by the time you have these symptoms you have already been dehydrated for quite some time.
There are many other indications of dehydration, some of which you might not be aware. Let’s explore some less known signs of dehydration.
Have you been feeling down, a bit flat, and just lacking that get-up and go attitude? This may be a telltale sign that you’re not having enough water. Studies indicated that not consuming close to the recommended amounts of water per day can significantly impair your mood.
Participants who reduced their water intake to below the recommended daily levels reported a drop in feeling content and happy, the ability to stay calm was compromised and overall feelings of positivity diminished.
Reduced Energy Levels & Fatigue
Your body uses water for almost every chemical process in the body. If you are constantly feeling tired and fatigued you may be dehydrated. According to a recent study, even mild dehydration was shown to cause headaches, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating in a group of individuals.
Loss of Ability to Focus
Could those tough days you’re having at work, unable to focus, be the result of dehydration? It has also been shown that your ability to focus is affected significantly when you are dehydrated. A small study on female participants who were only around 1% dehydrated discovered that they had a lack of focus, headaches, degraded mood, and increased perception of difficulty when performing tasks.
This symptom is very common in those who are dieting or are following food plans with a goal of shedding body fat. A telltale sign of dehydration can often present itself in the form of hunger and a growling stomach. You may think you are hungry when in fact, your body is crying out for hydration!
Feeling Dizzy or Lightheaded
Another telltale sign of being dehydrated is feelings of dizziness or being lightheaded. If you aren’t consuming enough water, especially during exercise, the volume of your blood goes down. This lowers your blood pressure and prevents your brain from getting the abundance of blood it needs, causing you to feel lightheaded.
Easy Ways to Stay Hydrated
Drinking water doesn’t have to be boring, it can be fun staying hydrated and tasty too! Why not try some of the ways below to keep your hydration levels optimal and your body and brain happy.
Drink Alkaline Water
Drinking alkaline water, like the water from your DYLN Living Water Bottle, is a more efficient way of staying hydrated. The micro-clustered particles allow for more effective absorption and hydration. In addition, alkaline water can help to neutralize acid in your bloodstream, which leads to increased oxygen levels and improved energy and metabolism.
Try adding your favorite fruits or vegetables to infuse your water and enhance its flavor. Adding fruits or veggies to your water not only adds flavor but provides extra vitamins and nutrients.
Eat Your Hydration
Water doesn’t always have to be consumed in liquid form, it can be eaten too! Take advantage of those juicy; water logged fruits and vegetables such as melon and cucumber. Have them in a succulent salad or enjoy them blended in a smoothie.
Snack on a Banana
Bananas are pretty great when it comes to hydration for a few reasons:
- The soft fruit is rich in potassium, which helps to replenish lost electrolytes from sweating—ideal if you have been exercising.
- Bananas also contain an abundance of magnesium, used by the body to balance and regulate the fluids in your body.
Track Your Water Intake
Download a free app onto your phone to record your intake or make a chart or note of it. Stay in control of what you drink, you can even set reminders on your phone.
Be sure that you have registered your DYLN Bottle on our website to track your 400 refills and ensure you are always enjoying alkaline water on the go. Registering your bottle is not only a great way to track your refills but to also see how much water you have consumed from your DYLN Bottle.
Do any of the above symptoms sound like you? If so, it's time you did something about it and improve many areas of your life including focus, attention, energy levels and more. Make an effort to consume as much water as you can to meet your daily requirements, your body and brain will thank you for it.