Headache or dehydrated?
Tired or dehydrated?
Sore muscles or dehydrated?
Minor confusion or dehydrated?
Bad mood or dehydrated?
Those are all signs of dehydration. When I fist started looking at this topic I had no clue I would find any of those symptoms. I thought dehydration meant I was thirsty, not cranky, or sore or tired for no reason. I was completely surprised at all those signs and a little ashamed to admit I suffer from all of those symptoms. And I drink only water, uh well after my morning coffee that is, no juice, soda or energy drinks. Even worse I discovered that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated, I'm not alone but I don't even want to be in this group.
I've come to the conclusion that many times I think I'm sick and I'm not, I'm dehydrated. And I drink a good amount of water everyday but I'm thinking it's not enough. How much is enough? One site mentioned drink enough to have a full bladder every 4-5 hours but I've had a couple of kids so just LOOKING at water sets me off. Another site recommended between 2.2 and 3 liters of water daily. And yet another stated 8x8 ounces of fluid a day, not water but fluid, that seems a dangerous statement because you can get that in 3 venti coffees and yet drink no real water. I found this great water calculator on about.com and it figured I need to drink about 3 liters a day. So for me in Alaska that's what I'm going to do.
If one in 75% of us are dehydrated and One in 20 Americans are depressed what are the chances that there is some over lap there? What is that doing to the mental state of our country? Our kids in school? Our employees? Our truck drivers. This has to have a direct correlation on the health and well being of our country as a whole. No?
And what about our insurance rates? Our doctors bills? Our pharmaceuticals? The soda industry? These all BENEFIT from us being dry and parched. Hello??
If you smoke, drink coffee, breath, sweat, drink alcohol, exercise, pee or uhhhem the other, you need to replace that water that's being used. If you suffer depression, aches and pains, minor confusion, bad moods or headaches akin to migraines or hangovers chances are you are dehydrated. Drink water for your health and for the health and well being of those who must live with you.
America the land of the free and the chronically dehydrated.
Peace and Love--