How do you know you need liquids in your body.



How do you know you need liquids in your body.

30 May 2018 HEALTH & WELLNESS


By Zuko Komisa 

Winter is here and, to keep you even healthier than you already are, you need to constantly hydrate. Winter has a way of making you forget the importance of having enough water in your system because you are less likely to feel thirsty psychologically. It’s important to pay attention to the signs of dehydration as not doing so will lead to an increase in hypothermia, frostbite, and fatigue levels.

When you are clearly not fully hydrated your body reacts; you will see this when you have a dry mouth, decreased urine output, when you are thirsty, constipated and dizzy. Pay attention to the following this season, the real main effects of dehydration:

Dry skin

Loss of Concentration

Cramps

Loss of coordination/blackouts

Possibility of strokes

Muscle Fatigue

Exhaustion

 

Though winter has a tendency of tricking you into not drinking enough water, there are ways to keep constantly hydrated. This is what you need to do to keep hydrated:

  • Try drinking more decaffeinated liquids.
  • Avoid drinking too much alcohol as this is how you body losing liquids due to excessive urine passage.
  • Drink soups, teas, and more liquids than solids. Also consider fruits and vegetables which happen to be a natural source of water.
  • Minimise on salty foods such as pretzels, pasta sauce, instant noodles as salty foods can make you thirstier and also cause bloating.
  • At night, make sure your clothes don’t make you sweat unnecessarily by wearing comfortable clothes that limit sweating.
  • Add fruits and herbs to make your water pleasurable to drink.
  • Keep drinking water when exercising.

Keep hydrated this winter as this tends to be accelerated when you train in cold weather—and at higher altitudes, make sure you replace water you loose, drink room tamperature baverages and stay healthy.


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