Did you know that even mild dehydration can impair mood, memory and brain performance?
Many studies, ranging from children to the elderly, have shown that mild dehydration can impair mood, memory and brain performance.
Lemme break down dehydration for you – even though I’m sure you have a fair idea –
Dehydration is a condition that can occur when the loss of body fluids, mostly water, exceeds the amount that is taken in. With dehydration, more water is moving out of individual cells and then out of the body than the amount of water that is taken in through drinking. Medically, dehydration usually means a person has lost enough fluid so that the body begins to lose its ability to function normally and then begins to produce symptoms related to the fluid loss.
Sounds serious when you put it that way, doesn’t it? Even mild dehydration can impair your ability to make clear and decisive decisions. I’m telling you this because (at a guess) 80% of people I know or that are my clients present as dehydrated.
But I’m not thirsty? Thirst isn’t always an accurate representation of hydration/ the need to hydrate. Your urine however (such a sexy topic!) is a great measure. See the table below.
How hydrated are you? Urine color chart
This chart can help you determine if you’re hydrated. It starts with normal, well-hydrated colors. But as you move down the list, dehydration becomes more severe; below the mid line indicates dehydration.
Follow this link for further information on determining dehydration.
The GOOD NEWS is that you can create habits to support your fluid intake. The even BETTER NEWS is that there are crazy amazing health benefits to drinking your 3L of water per day (which include: younger looking skin, brighter looking skin and eyes, more energy and fat loss).
Staying hydrated is the cheapest way you can boost your health RIGHT NOW (if you aren’t drinking enough water on the daily) and it is absolutely FREE.
Need a bit of extra support reaching your fluid intake goals? One of my clients shared this little device with me and it is such a cool concept! It is called Ulla and it is the first in smart hydration technology I have come across. Ulla is a device you attach to your water bottle. If you haven’t picked your bottle up in 30min the device flashes a color until you have a drink. LOVE this idea! You can find more info on Ulla here
So – how hydrated are you? Next time you go to the toilet, assess and hydrate, your body will love you for it.
Health & Fitness Coach #ROMFIT