Could Dehydration Be Causing Your Exhaustion?

We’ve all heard that you’re supposed to drink 64 ounces of water a day, but recent studies have shown that what we once thought was a hard and fast rule isn’t necessarily so. It turns out that all liquids count toward your daily hydration goal.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should give up on water. While all liquids count toward that daily goal, water is really your best bet for hydration. It’s calorie-free and doesn’t contain caffeine, which can cause further dehydration.  It may be for the best to alternate between a cup of coffee and a glass of water to make up the difference from the caffeine.

Water flushes toxins, carries nutrients and needed hydration to the cells, and provides moisture for the mucus membranes in your sinuses, nose and ears to work efficiently. Your gender also has an impact on your daily fluid intake, as does body size, activity level and the climate that you live in. Men require more water intake than women; men require around 3 liters (about 13 8 oz. cups) and women need about 2.2 liters (9 cups). If you live in a hot arid climate you would need more than someone who lives in a more temperate climate.

Everyone should discuss their water intake with their doctor, chiropractor, or nutritionist to find out what is best for them.  Chiropractor? A doctor or nutritionist make sense, but why talk to a back doctor about fluid intake? Well, not getting enough fluids can cause the joints, muscles and cartilage to work less efficiently and cause stiffness and pain. Being properly hydrated also helps to promote healing and can help speed you onto the road to recovery faster.

Speaking of dehydration, did you know that a lack of water can cause you to become tired? Your body requires fluids to replace those lost during urination, perspiration and even breathing. Your body’s largely made up of water and it requires constant refills in order to service you regularly. If you don’t get enough, your body starts conserving energy to run properly. This results in a sluggish feeling that you may be all too familiar with.

If you think that your afternoon sluggishness or blah feeling might be related to dehydration then a nice big glass of water may be just the thing to shake that 2 o’clock urge to nap.


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