Jan 21 Drowning Out Dehydration: How to Rehydrate
We’re kind of obsessed with dehydration around here. Specifically, we are on a mission to let everyone know how very bad dehydration is for your body! With any luck, 2020 will be the year we put an end to this affliction – drown out dehydration!
Too dramatic for you? Sorry-not-sorry. Allowing yourself to become dehydrated can lead to some not-so-pleasant results. What begins as feeling thirsty or having a dry mouth, can quickly move to dizziness and lethargy. From there, it’s a slippery slope to diarrhea, vomiting, and (surprisingly) sweating. Ew!
Do any of these bodily responses remind you of how you feel when you overindulge? There’s a reason for that: alcohol is a diuretic, so it causes you to skip to the loo more often than your water-based body would normally need to go. So basically, you are getting rid of water faster than you are taking it in.
Some Fun Facts:
- 60-75% of the human body is water.
- You can live longer without food than you can without water.
- If you lose 10-15% of the body’s water, you are severely dehydrated which can lead to low blood pressure, increased heart rate, fever, delirium, and unconsciousness!
- People at higher altitudes, athletes, older adults, and people with medical conditions like diabetes are at greater risk.
Okay, so maybe those facts aren’t so fun, but we’re hoping to convince you that dehydration is seriously no bueno.
If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated, albeit in the early stages. Never ignore the signals your body sends you, and instead use it as an opportunity to grab a water.
If you’re out on the town, consciously commit to mixing-in a glass of water in between tasty adult beverages. Get into the habit of ordering a water every time you go for a drink refill and you will run out of excuses around why you can’t possibly drink water while partying.
Look, if you need further convincing, dehydration makes any bad day WAY worse and longer-lasting. Your kidneys need help flushing out the night before and until they get the water they require, you’re going to feel like a sloth who got hit on the head with an anvil.
Take preventative measures before you go out and drink extra water all day long. If you think about it, put a glass of water next to the bed so when you fall into it late-night, you’ll hopefully think to down some water. You can also look for foods with higher water content and avoid caffeinated drinks at night which would just double-up on the diuretic effects.
In addition to plain-ole H2O, your body needs electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals to rehydrate FAST! Monkey Stuff has those ingredients in spades without the sugar or calories of other drinks. Mix it with your favorite liquor or drink it straight (because it tastes great!), just don’t forget it!