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Posted on Jul 10, 2013

Dehydration By the Numbers

The reason we get that tired feeling in the mid to late afternoon at work is mostly due to the fact that your body is dehydrating. By staying hydrated throughout the morning and afternoon, you will be more awake and focused. Try drinking 96 ounces of water a day, with half of that before 2pm.

Water is the second most important nutrient to the body next to oxygen, which shouldn’t be surprising due to the fact that 70% of our bodies are made up of water. Still, most people aren’t getting the 10-12 glasses of water per day that is recommended by health experts. As a result, an estimated 75% of North Americans suffer from chronic dehydration.

Not sure how to tell if you’re dehydrated? Well, if you are thirsty, it means your cells are already dehydrated. A dry mouth is the last outward sign of dehydration. Thirst does not develop until body fluids are depleted well below levels required for optimal functioning.

Effects of Mild Dehydration:
- Decreased coordination
- Fatigue
- Dry skin
- Decreased urine output
- Dry mucous membranes in the mouth and nose
- Blood pressure changes and impairment of judgment

Unintentional Chronic Dehydration (UCD):
- Stress
- Headache
- Back pain
- Allergies
- Asthma
- High blood pressure
- Many degenerative health problems

When thirsty, most feel that it’s okay to just grab a sports drink or coffee. It’s not! These kinds of beverages themselves can cause dehydration due to the high content of caffeine and sugar. Coffee, juice, and milk all require water to be digested properly, and caffeine causes one to urinate more often, which are all counter-productive to proper hydration. All in all, there is nothing that can replace water when it comes to providing what the body needs to function properly.

When traveling, our chances of dehydrating are even greater. Although as exciting as it is, traveling is one of the most taxing activities on our bodies due to the stress from altitude, tension, jet lag, and swollen muscles and joints and dehydration. Factors like temperature, sweating, altitude, and exercise can significantly increase the amount of water we lose each day, so it is especially important to hydrate before, during, and after travel.

Clean, filtered water is the best choice for healthy hydration.  Aquasana drinking water filters remove the contaminants from tap water and leave the healthy minerals in the water for optimum hydration.  So, whether you’re traveling around town or across the country, make hydration a priority.  Take your own water bottle with you or a collapsible refillable if traveling so you always have water on hand.

Cheers!

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