As we get older we are more prone to dehydration and it’s probably a much bigger deal than you think. In fact, statistics say that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. 75%! Studies show that even though Americans drink some form of technically hydrating beverages each day, they also drink a lot of caffeine, alcohol and eat a diet very high in sodium (processed and fast foods). Check out the list below for some of the surprising (at least to me) effects of dehydration.
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Some Effects of Dehydration
Reduced ability to exercise-(tiring faster)
Reduced cognitive function
Experiencing any of these? Could you be dehydrated? – Even your back pain could be because of dehydration! It’s kind of a big deal.
What To Do About It?
Drink water all damn day long, right? Well, let’s just file that under “easier said than done” obviously, or 75% of us wouldn’t be dehydrated, right? Fortunately, there are some other things that you can help yourself with hydration in case you aren’t meeting that 2 liters of water amount each day.
Hydrant Hydration Mix
Thank you to Hydrant for partnering with me to tell you about their rapid-hydration formula. As always all opinions are my own.
One of the best things that has come across my desk in a while is Hydrant Rapid Hydration Mix. Oxford scientists have developed a rapid-hydration formula that contains the perfect balance of water, sodium, potassium, magnesium, and zinc to get you hydrated……with a quickness! This stuff has been a game-changer for me. It has 3 times the electrolytes of a sports drink and only the tiniest amount of (real) sugar to activate the body’s sodium-glucose cellular uptake. I reach for one of these in the morning before my coffee now. I cannot tell you the difference that this has made in my mornings! I was so groggy and sluggish before- I had no idea that I was simply dehydrated. You can try Hydrant for yourself here or just click the pictures below. It’s like INSTANT hydration and I love it! It’s been compared to having IV fluids. The taste is refreshing and fruity, not too strong, not too sweet- and definitely not artificial.
Hydrant also makes another version of their Rapid Hydration mix with added caffeine and L-Theanine. It’s called Hydrant +. If you get an afternoon slump each day- this is SO much better than that afternoon coffee! The caffeine is from organic green tea and you guys- this has really enhanced my focus and energy! I am so much more productive after drinking this in the afternoon. And the L-Theanine keeps you from feeling that jittery feeling that you sometimes get with caffeine. (This is also my choice for my workout drink) AND you are hydrating! It’s a win-win……..win. 😉 . Check it out here > Hydrant.
I am drinking Hydrant first thing in the AM and then again at around 2 pm whether I am working out or not. It’s made a major difference in my energy levels all day long. I’m also much more conscious of how much water I’m drinking now. It’s actually been a much easier fix than I would have thought!
SHOP MY LOOK
Try adding any and all of these into your day to help you boost your hydration: Strawberries, peaches, cantaloupe, oranges, blueberries, watermelon, grapefruit, cucumbers, spinach, peppers, mushrooms, lettuce, zucchini, tomatoes, broths and soups, yogurt, coconut water, cottage cheese and oatmeal!
Ways to Tell When you ARE Hydrated
- Your urine should be a pale yellow.
- You should be needing a bathroom break every few hours.
- Pinch the skin on the lower part of your arm. If your skin snaps back right away you are hydrated.
- Your breath. If you are dehydrated your mouth doesn’t produce enough saliva, causing a build-up of bacteria…..and bad breath. Ew.
I hope this post has been helpful to you. I honestly didn’t know how widespread dehydration was and I certainly didn’t think my groggy mornings and lack of energy in the afternoons had anything to do with needing hydration- but I’m feeling much better, so I wanted to tell you about it too!