Even Mild Dehydration Can Cause Emotional & Physical Problems

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One the biggest fails I make regularly as an endurance runner living in Florida is not hydrating enough. I feel like I can drink water all day and still not be ready for long runs in 90 degree temperature. Unfortunately, the truth is that I really don't drink all day like I should. The only way I remember to drink is by carrying around a reusable water bottle with me at all times. Occasionally, I'll even bring along a recyclable water bottle if I know I'm going to need more than the 20 ounces I can store in my thermos.

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Last weekend Travis and I stopped by Walmart and I picked up a case of Zephyrhills water. It's funny how everyone has their 'favorite' water brand and I can't stand the taste of almost anything else besides Zephyrhills! I've been meaning to stock up on some water at home for a while since we are still in the midst of Hurricane season and I need to make sure Mr. Salem and I are well hydrated!

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Some symptoms of dehydration include:

  • Dry, sticky mouth
  • Sleepiness or tiredness — children are likely to be less active than usual
  • Thirst
  • Decreased urine output
  • No wet diapers for three hours for infants
  • Few or no tears when crying
  • Dry skin
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

Real talk - how many of those do you have on a regular basis? I have quite a few, and I strongly suspect they would be made better by drinking a bit more water every day. I started to take #HealthyHydration more seriously last year when I started to read research showing that even a 5% reduction in ideal hydration levels lead to increased anxiety in people. I have enough to be anxious about in my life. I don't need something as simple as water making it worse!

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So how much should you be drinking? Aim for 1/2 of your body weight (in pounds) in ounces. So, a 140 lb woman should drink 70 ounces of water a day. Also, remember that if you wait until you feel thirsty to drink then you are already dehydrated!

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As nice as it is to have the grab-and-go bottles I really wish Walmart carried the 5 Gallon Water Bottle. It would be much easier to stockpile for emergencies, and it's BPA free, refillable (saves $$!) and recyclable when done.

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Sources:

Women Report More Headache, Mood Changes When Dehydrated

Dehydration at the Mayo Clinic