Your body really needs to stay hydrated. Studies show over 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. Dehydration occurs when you are losing more fluid than what you take in to drink. When you do not replace the fluids you lose daily from sweating, peeing, or even breathing, then your body is dehydrated. Did you know that dehydration can even cause you to be in pain, fatigued, or get dizzy? This is why it’s important to know how to avoid dehydration and keep your body working at its best.
9. Drinking Too Much Alcohol
Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it removes fluid from the blood and body, making you have to urinate frequently. It is best to drink plain water in between your alcoholic drinks.
8. Drinking a Lot of Coffee
We love our coffee and tea, but coffee has higher amounts of caffeine. Although two to three cups are usually okay for most people, when you get up to four or more cups the caffeine level will deplete your fluid and you can become dehydrated.
7. Soy Sauce in Excess
Soy sauce is very salty but is okay if only used infrequently. But soy in excess can be deadly. It quickly brings an imbalance of salt into the body and could kill you.
6. Cured Meats
Cured deli meats like salami, bacon and hot dogs are high in protein and salt, which is used to cure these meats. Limit your intake to keep dehydration at bay.
5. Asparagus and Artichokes
Believe it or not, artichokes and asparagus can be dehydrating since they stimulate renal activity due to the aspartic acid and asparagine they contain, which causes the body to lose water. They are still healthy foods, but should be eaten in smaller amounts.
4. Vigorous Exercise
When working out strenuously, sweating and muscle cramps are signs of dehydration. Even running with your dog or gardening can cause a loss of fluid. Remember to drink when it’s hot outside and you are sweating.
3. Salty Popcorn
Popcorn is low in calories, so a lot of people will eat this instead of sweets. But if it’s salted and you eat the whole bag, make sure you are drinking water with your popcorn treat.
2. Sugary Soft Drinks
Sugar creates acid in the body, which strains the kidneys and creates a loss of fluid.
1. High Protein Diets
Many may not realize it, but that high protein diet that is so popular can also be dehydrating. Studies showed the higher protein diets concentrated the kidney’s urine and caused a loss of fluid.
Losing water daily can zap your energy, just from normal breathing, sweating and urinating, so be sure to drink more water and avoid overdoing the things listed above.Related: 8 Signs You Are Dehydrated