Surprising Causes of Dehydration

It's summer, it's hot and when warm weather is upon us, we spend the majority of our time enjoying it, and not really doing all we can to keep our bodies safe from dangerous UV rays. In fact, many of us are trying as hard as we can to soak it all in and gain that perfect bronzed complexion.

The body is comprised of roughly sixty percent water, so keeping the level of water in the body at that level is imperative to proper functioning of the body and the brain alike. Everything from cognitive function to energy and mood are affected by water. Check out these surprising causes of dehydration that you may not be aware of, and how to prevent them.

Prescription Medication
The list of side effects you hear at the end of a commercial for any medication may sound ridiculous, but they are very real. Dehydration is often quite common in many medications, so be sure to always check your prescription’s list of side effects. Because many medications are meant to flush the system, they often double as diuretics. It's important to increase your fluid intake on a daily basis whenever you're on medication. Some dietary supplements also have side effects that cause dehydration, so be fully aware of what it is you're taking and if any side effects are hindering your health.

A Low Carb Diet
Dieting and calorie counting seems to be all the rage these days. Not entering into a diet correctly however, can be harmful to your health. Carbohydrates are stored in the body with fluids, which is where the term "water weight" comes from. Foods that are high in carbs typically increase hydration levels.  Because of this, cutting carbs as many diets ask participants to do can have the opposite effect.

An unwanted intruder into anyone's life, stress can do more than cause you to lose sleep. Stress causes the adrenal glands to produce more hormones than they typically would. Constant stress causes these glands to become depleted, this inhibits the body's ability to regulate levels of fluid and electrolytes. Drinking extra fluids as well as doing all you can to decrease stressors in your life is key to ending stress-induced dehydration.

Drinking alcohol
This is a big cause for dehydration, especially in the summer months, as parties and outings usually center around alcoholic beverages. Alcohol inhibits an antidiuretic hormone that usually sends the fluid you consume back into the body to help it stay hydrated. Drinking alcohol pushes water out to your bladder causing you to lose more water from your body.

Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.




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