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Is it Tension or Dehydration? 8 Signs to look for…

Being hydrated is more than just drinking water:

  1.  Are you thirsty often, have a sticky or dry mouth that tends to give you bad breath?
  2.  Do you seem to be more tired than normal, scatter brained, or irritable
  3.  Are your eyes dry, or is your vision blurred for no reason?
  4.  Are you experiencing nagging Headaches?
  5.  Do you have dark urine?
  6.  Do you have achy shoulders, neck tension, or muscle cramps?
  7.  Do you ever get a low-grade fever out of the blue?
  8.  Do you rarely sweat?

These are all signs that you could be dehydrated. Although, the average person should drink at least 64 ounces of water per day…Water may not be the only solution to fixing your dehydration problem.

Here’s why:

Electrolytes are minerals contained in your blood and other bodily fluids that affect the amount of water your body retains. Some of the common ones are calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium. When there is an imbalance of these minerals, dehydration sets in and all sorts of complications can occur.

Exercising and Sweat are not the only culprits of causing dehydration:

Some of the common causes of electrolyte imbalance are due to fluid loss, which can be caused from situations including:

  1. Being sick with symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea, sweating or high fevers that can­ all produce fluid loss or dehydration
  2. A poor diet that’s low in essential nutrients from whole foods
  3. Trouble absorbing nutrients from food (malabsorption) due to intestinal or digestive issues
  4. Hormonal Imbalances
  5. Taking certain medications including those for treating cancer, heart disease or hormonal disorders
  6. Taking antibiotics, over-the-counter diuretics or medications, or corticosteroid hormones
  7. Kidney disease or damage (since the kidneys play a critical role in regulating chloride in your blood and “flushing out” potassium, magnesium and sodium)
  8. Chemotherapy treatments, which can cause side effects of low blood calcium

You may need to take daily supplements to stay fully hydrated if you have some of these health concerns, but most of us can change our diets and get great results.

Here are some great foods to make sure you have often to fight off dehydration: 

  • Coconut water
  • Celery
  • Watermelon
  • Cucumber
  • Kiwi
  • Bell peppers
  • Citrus fruit
  • Carrots
  • Cultured dairy like yogurt
  • Pineapple

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Kim Martin