The human body is 60% water. Losing a mere 1.5% to 2% of that amount and dehydration can already kick in. According to a study, dehydration causes moods, energy levels, athletic performance and brain functions to slow down.
Dehydration can be caused by many factors, such as not drinking enough liquids after an intense workout, drinking too much alcohol, and others. Not hydrating properly can have many effects on your body, from “dyahe” to “delikado”.
1. It can Cause Bad Breath. – When you don’t drink enough fluids, there’s less saliva in your mouth, causing more bacteria to grow. You might develop bad breath.
2. It can Increase Sweet Cravings and Lowers Workout Performance. – When you don’t drink enough water, your mind will think that you are hungry even if you’re not. And you’ll be tempted to eat something sweet! This happens especially after a workout or a game. Your body will also feel weaker and you won’t be able to give your best effort.
3. It Dries out the Skin. – Soft, radiant, and moisturized skin is skin that’s hydrated. Skin care experts suggest drinking more water and skipping caffeine-rich drinks.
4. It can Cause Constipation. – Having enough water intake, plus a fiber rich diet, improves digestion and helps the body get rid of harmful toxins.
5. It Decreases Focus. – This lack of focus can be dangerous when driving. Research has shown that dehydrated drivers committed more errors during a two-hour drive than the ones who are hydrated.
6. It can Lead to Fatigue, Cramps, and Severe Headaches. – Dehydration leads to a drop in blood pressure, an increase in heart rate, and slower mental functions. Lack of liquids lessens the amount of blood circulating in the body, which contributes to muscle cramps, which can be very painful. What’s more, poor hydration can trigger a full-blown migraine.
How to Detect Dehydration?
1. Urine Color – According to Korey Stringer Institute the simplest way is to check your urine color with the Urine Color Chart. The darker and higher the number the greater the degree of dehydration
2. Morning Thirst Test – New Research from University of Connecticut also show that morning thirst is an accurate indicator of 2% dehydration. So simply check if you’re thirsty when you wake up in the morning.
Use both technique can give you a very good indicator of your dehydration levels. Stay Hydrated Everyone!