Surprising Red Flags and Quick Fixes for Dehydration

By Sandy Schroeder

You may be tired, bored, or, just totally saturated with the dehydration issue. But before you assume your water levels are OK, you might consider just how dependent the body is on water. According to water helps muscles, skin and the brain function at their peak levels. Mayo Clinic tells us the average adult really does need about eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily.   

But the most convincing evidence of all may be red flags linked to dehydration which may go unnoticed, such as these from

You are dieting and gaining weight – Nutritionists tell us staying hydrated makes a difference when you are dieting. Dehydration can slow metabolism, reducing the body’s ability to burn fat, increasing appetite and promoting belly fat.

Your breath hits a new low – Saliva has antibacterial agents to prevent bacteria overgrowth that contribute to bad breath. Without enough water there is not enough saliva to knock off the bacteria, making your mouth a breeding ground for odor.

Your immune system keeps dozing off - Doctors tell us every organ in the body uses water. If there is not enough water available to replace normal loss from perspiration and urination, cells do not get the nutrients and minerals needed to thrive. This leads to loss of moisture in the mouth, nose and throat, which is needed to prevent illness.

A good example of how this works shows up in sinus infections. One of the best ways to avoid letting bacteria get a foothold is to inhale the steam from a bowl of boiling hot water every morning to provide the moisture needed to help the sinuses get rid of the bacteria.

If these dehydration tips sound all too familiar, start upping your water now.

Quick Tricks to UP Your Water Table

  • Drink a glass of water between each glass of wine or cocktail.
  • Add ice to every drink.
  • Try lime, lemon and watermelon waters.
  • Freeze juices into popsicles for watery treats.
  • Eat water-loaded fruit and vegetables like celery, lettuce, cucumbers, watermelon, and other melons.
  • Dilute drinks and juices with water.
  • Eat lots of clear soups.
  • Have a glass of water when you get up and one with each meal.
  • Keep water bottles stationed by desk, bed, and workout areas.
  • Pack water bottles along for daily runs and weekend trips.

As you focus on increasing hydration, look for improvements that may show up in your skin, muscles and mental alertness.


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