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Last Updated on March 9, 2018

Warning Signs That Your Body Desperately Needs More Water

Warning Signs That Your Body Desperately Needs More Water

The term “dehydration” sounds very serious. You think it has nothing to do with you. It would only happen in poor countries or severe disasters like earthquakes right? No. Dehydration is way too common than most people think.

75% of Americans[1] are chronically dehydrated and don’t even know it. And even mild dehydration can affect our bodies and how we feel a lot. Think about this. “60 percent of our bodies is composed of water, 75 percent in our muscles, 85 percent in our brains, it’s like oil to a machine,” said Dr. Roberta Lee from Clear Lake Regional Medical Centre.

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When you’re feeling unwell, quite often it might be the result of dehydration. Check the signs below and you’ll be surprised that how dehydrated your body often is and how some of the annoying health issues can actually be resolved so easily.

1. Fatigue

You’re tired at work, and tired at home. After a good night’s sleep, you still feel tired. Why?

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If you feel constantly tired, you should really consider the possibility that you are actually dehydrated.

Dehydration causes your enzymatic activity to slow down, which causes your body to produce less potential energy for your future benefit.

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2. Chronic constipation

You feel bloated. Plus bad breath. But nothing comes out. Apart from having more fibre in your diet, you also need to check if you’re drinking enough water.

Dehydration is one of the most common causes of chronic constipation. When you don’t drink enough water, the waste in your intestine becomes so dry that it is hard to get through.

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3. Headache

As 85% of water in our bodies is in our brains, when you don’t drink enough water, your brain reacts immediately.

Your brain is surrounded by a protective layer of water, which encompasses the entirety of your brain. Low or complete lack of water intake causes this layer to evaporate. This depletion can cause your brain to push against your skull, leading to painful headaches.

Tips

All of these unfavorable symptoms can be avoided, or at least moderated, by regular consumption of water. Here are a few tips on how to actually do so:

  • Drink two glasses of water right after you get up. Starting your day with this will not only make you feel refreshed but also aids your digestion.
  • Buy a personal water bottle and carry it with you. Make sure to buy one that will actually be comfortable for you to use and carry with you.
  • Consume water-based foods. Examples are cucumbers, grapefruits, and, of course, watermelon.
  • Download a water consumption tracking app. There are a number of these on the market. Just take your pick.

Featured photo credit: Viktor Hanacek via picjumbo.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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