Military spouses, especially those maintaining the homefront during a deployment, have a tendency to put everyone and everything ahead of themselves. Energy depletion and increased fatigue are all-too-common side effects. Drinking water is a simple and inexpensive remedy that'll increase energy, fight fatigue, and help keep your body operating at prime efficiency.
Symptoms of Dehydration
According to the University of Florida, 75% of Americans are dehydrated--and most of us aren't even aware that there's a problem.
In fact, we tend to associate many of the symptoms of dehydration--fatigue, weakness, headaches, and even feelings of hunger with being hungry. Interestingly, in many cases, the real problem is mild or moderate dehydration. Other symptoms of relatively low-level dehydration include muscle cramps and infrequent urination. Symptoms of more severe dehydration include irritability, confusion, rapid heartbeat, and dizziness. One of the easiest ways to tell whether you're dehydrated is to pay attention to your urine. If it's pale yellow or almost clear, chances are you're okay. If it's dark, you should probably be drinking more.
How Drinking Water Increases Your Energy--and More
Water accounts for approximately 60% of our body weight. Every single one of our organs and bodily requires water to function properly. Dehydration, even at low levels, can cause various body functions to slow down, leaving you feeling sluggish, tired, and irritable.
If you're in need of a quick "pick-me-up," try drinking a glass or two of water. Besides giving you an energy boost and fighting off fatigue, drinking water also produces many other benefits such as warding off headaches, increasing metabolism, and aiding in clearer skin.
As mentioned above, many of us confuse signs of dehydration with signs of hunger.
As a result, we may eat when we're just thirsty. Drinking more water could help you eat less, which, in turn, could help you lose weight.
How Much Should You Drink?
Most experts recommend that the average healthy adult drinks the equivalent of eight e-ounce glasses of water every day (we're saying "the equivalent" because, as we discuss below, fluid-rich foods and many other fluids count). Of course, you'll need more if you're working out, pregnant, breastfeeding, or sweating a lot for some other reason.
For added health benefits, the CDC suggests consuming fluid-rich foods in addition to your water intake. Foods such as broths, soups, celery, tomatoes, melons, and oranges are 85-95% water. It is an excellent alternative for individuals who aren't crazy about drinking glass after glass of water daily.
Other Liquids That Count Towards Daily Fluid Requirements
Milk, juice, tea, coffee, and even sodas contribute to fluid requirements. But keep in mind, caffeine is a diuretic. You won't make much progress in terms of staying hydrated by drinking caffeinated beverages such as coffee and soda.
To avoid dehydration don't wait until you're thirsty before consuming water or other fluids.
Many experts maintain that if you hold off drinking water until you're thirsty, there's a good chance that you're already slightly dehydrated.
Updated by Armin Brott, March 2016