When you realize the implications of dehydration, you know that it can interfere with a lot of your daily life. You become irritable and annoyed when you’re haven’t been drinking enough water. Not only that, you can confuse your thirst for hunger, leading you to eat more. Unless you’re always reaching for healthy snacks, this will affect your diet. Here’s how you can avoid getting hunger confused with thirst.
What you thought were normal cravings
Some cravings that you may consider normal are really your body’s way of asking you for water, and sugar is one of them. The next time you get a taste for something sweet, you should grab water first. Being dehydrated can cause emotional distress that causes you to reach for carbohydrates. When you eat sugary foods you may be trying to increase your serotonin levels. A steady flow of serotonin is what you’re looking for; it makes you happy and feel pleasure. A cycle of mood swings occurs when your leave your dehydration unaddressed.
Listen to your body
So, how do you know when you’re becoming dehydrated? You may sense that your mouth becomes dry. By this time, your body is already screaming for water. Dehydration also results as fatigue, dizziness, muscle cramps, dry skin, foggy thinking, and your muscles grow tired more easily. Less water means less blood pressure and headaches, and possible rapid heart beat because your body pumps harder when it has less blood. Your body gives you plenty of signals that you’ll need to pay attention to. Only having a small amount of concentrated urine or going 12 hours without urinating is a signal that something is wrong. Staying hydrated so that you never feel thirsty is the best way to go.
Dehydration in winter
You always have to drink enough water year round. Even during wintertime, dehydration can be an issue. Because your body isn’t as hot as usual, you lose water faster during exercise. Your sweat evaporates more quickly in the cold, which can cause you to become dehydrated more quickly than you realize. If you think you’ll be in the cold for more than a couple of hours, properly prepare your body with water. Heavy clothes combined with high intensity movement is a recipe for dehydration.
There is no substitution for water
Going even just one day without water can have a negative impact on your health. Sipping on water throughout the day can cause you to drink much more water than you would otherwise. The importance of drinking water only becomes more important as you age. Sugary drinks that claim to have the proper amount of electrolytes aren’t sufficient for when you’re thirsty. If you think you’re hungry, just drink one or two glasses of water first. If you feel a significant difference after that, your body was just thirsty for water. True hunger lasts even after you have a stomach full of water.
Implications to your health
You can safely assume that your body is going to be far more acidic than alkaline if you’re not drinking enough water. This pattern of behavior will lead to a number of health issues. For example, you can develop stomach ulcers from not having the proper mucous lining within your stomach. The mucous lining is mainly water and it forms a protective barrier against the acidity of the digestive process. Also, if you’re thirsty and dehydrated, there’s not enough water to eliminate toxins. Excess toxins in the body leads weight gain, constipation, nausea, and more.Keeping the body hydrated has a positive effect on your metabolism. If you plan on staying fit and healthy, water plays a large role in that. Many people opt for bottled water thinking they’re making the most intelligent choice for their health. However, a study on bottled water was conducted by Environmental Working Group (EWG) in 2011 and revealed some very interesting findings. The independent test showed that there were 38 chemicals in bottled drinking water with an average of 8 chemicals per bottle. Substances such as disinfection byproducts, Tylenol, and even arsenic were found in the water.
For the sake of your health and happiness, do your due diligence to locate the purest source of water. Remember that when you start to feel hungry that it’s not just food your body requires. Drinking water before each meal is good way to make sure you get the proper amount of water and avoid dehydration. Remember that sugary drinks have no place in your exercise regimen and don’t help you replace lost fluids. Find a way to work drinking the purest water into your life.
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