Are you pregnant with water? Professional and recreational athletes are well aware of the importance of hydration. They know that inadequate consumption of water and electrolytes can result in muscle cramps, diminished performance, and other negative physical consequences. I’ve witnessed tennis friends suffer severe leg cramps and nearly pass out from dehydration. Even spectators at outdoor activities fall out from dehydration.
The body needs hydration, “to be impregnated with water” to function properly. While the physical demand is greater for athletes and even physically demanding jobs like construction, lay persons need proper fluid intake too. Even though you may not work outside, lift weights, or run marathons, your cells and muscles require water, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and other nutrients too for optimal functioning on the daily.
My father was recently hospitalized because his heart rate was above 150 at the same time his diastolic blood pressure was 36. After test results of every system were within normal limits, my father’s doctor narrowed the cause down to dehydration. He simply was not eating enough food nor drinking enough fluids to nourish, hydrate, his body. Consequently he felt weak, lethargic, and dizzy, rendering him unable to effectively perform normal daily activities.
One of my massage clients sought treatment for constant headaches that onset suddenly as the weather warmed. Most of her labs were normal too, except for fluids and electrolytes. She was dehydrated. Once she implemented physician recommendations to replenish, the headaches resolved.
Other symptoms of dehydration include extreme thirst, fuzzy thinking, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, dark urine, confusion, and dry mouth, lips, eyes and skin. Dehydration is no joke!
Hydration is important for everyone for normal functioning. And even more so with increased activity, stress, and warmer weather. So consult your primary healthcare provider or a licensed nutritionist for guidance if necessary and impregnate yourself with water.
People often don't hydrate enough - they don't drink enough water. One will see marked improvement in their overall wellness, in their skin tone, even in their hair, if they hydrate enough.
Glen Alex, LCSW, Author, Speaker, Health & Wellness Coach
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