How to rehydrate when you are dehydrated?

Are you feeling thirsty all the time, struggling with dry skin, suffering from muscle cramps or frequent headaches? Well my friend, it’s probably because you’re not getting enough water. But don’t fret! In this guide we’ll go over everything that can make a camel look parched, and most importantly: how to quench your thirst and bounce back from dehydration like a champ.

Signs of dehydration

Think drinking less than eight glasses of water a day won’t have much effect on you? Think again! Dehydration is an insidious beast that creeps up on us when we least expect it. Here are some tell-tale signs:

  • Thirst
  • Dry mouth
  • Dark urine color (we’re talking trouble brewing)
  • Decreased urination frequency
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Irritability (you might start biting someone’s head off for nothing)

If experiencing any of these symptoms makes you want to lay down in despair, fear not. We’ve got just what the doctor ordered!

Drinking water vs other beverages

Here’s one big misconception: drinking coffee or tea will only dehydrate your body further due to their caffeine content…unless they’re decaf which isn’t even worth drinking if we’re being honest here.

The truth couldn’t be farther away – recent research has found little evidence suggesting traditional caffeinated drinks cause dehydration at all. Just use common sense – maybe balance out every cup of coffee with two cups of plain ol’ H2O. (not actually true)

Still, let’s be real here; ice-cold lemonade does hit different on a blazing hot summer day than some boring old-fashioned tap water am I right? So why should anyone settle for anything less exciting then our favorite sugary sirens beckoning us unfocused aisle walking during grocery shopping trips, you ask? Well, we’ll tell ya!

Not all beverages are created equal when it comes to hydration. Water obviously comes first (8 glasses for the win), followed by sports drinks containing electrolytes that can replenish key nutrients lost through sweating, and lastly other low-sugar refreshing drinks like coconut water or fruit juice.

A guide to hydrating foods

But who said you have to exclusively rely on liquids for staying hydrated?

As draining as dehydration is known to be, some foods do pack in quite an H2O content which could help bump up your overall fluid levels without feeling guilty about downing yet another glass of boring old plain water-

Food Average H20 Content
Watermelon 92%
Cucumber 95%
Pineapple 86%
Strawberries 91%
Yogurt 85%

So go ahead and indulge yourself with some variety – mix things up from time-to-time. And don’t forget about a hearty soup dish like chicken noodle soup as there’s nothing quite so soothing (we’ve never tried any other kind of soup since that one does it every time).

Get salty!

“Salt but I thought salt was bad?” Of course too much sodium isn’t ideal; however adding a pinch or two of salt into your post-workout drink will actually enhance the body’s ability to retain fluids such as electrolytes (they’re essential!). Some people even swear off monster energy drinks entirely once they catch wind of this easy trick…

Worried gargling down salty goodness will ruin those taste buds? Put aside those fears because there’re flavored versions out there specifically designed to quench both thirst AND cravings at once.

Tip: Look for ready-made packages labeled “oral rehydration solution” if our own nasty homemade versions seem daunting.

How Much Water Do You Really Need?

Seeing as how water makes up to 60% of your body weight (yep, you have good taste) and is essential for numerous processes – digestion, absorption, elimination of waste products just to name a few- it only makes sense that there’s no such thing as too much

…right? Wrong!

Make sure take into consideration how active the user’s routine generally tends to be. A small inactive adult may need slightly under eight cups compared to say…an NBA player mid-game whose thirst might appear unquenchable.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine recommend daily intake varies depending on factors like age, gender and physical activity levels but in general:

| Drinking Recommendations by Age Group |
— | —
Infants | Breastmilk or formula will do
Children | Four glasses (ages 4-8), Five glasses (9-13 yrs old)
Teens both boys & girls | Six glasses
Active Men | Eleven+ cups
Active Women | Nine + cups

End result: don’t beat yourself up about not hitting exactly “eight” – instead adjust accordingly based upon aforementioned individual determinig factors.

Avoiding dehydration

The best way to avoid dehydration altogether is obviously prevention! Here are some helpful tips we’ve put together:

  • Just Drink Water Already!!
  • Keep water handy at all times
  • Buy CamelBak whatever chance you get
  • Pay Attention To The Weather
    Listen closely next time weather-person speaks their magical words. If temps are going up, so should your hydration levels.
  • Be Aware Of Any Medications You’re On
    some medications contain diuretics which increase urine output depleting precious fluids from our systems one drop after another…
  • Make Sure Your Workout Apparel Works For You Even if those sweat stains aren’t exciting anybody else on treadmills around ya—wear breathable clothing that grants respite even post-workout for remaining cool and comfortable.

Dehydration cures

Okay – let’s face it: sometimes all the tips, tricks and hydration methods we’ve been rambling on about earlier may not be enough. Sometimes you literally need to cure dehydration STAT (for example, if prescription drugs have made you use bathroom more than normal or someone left your gym water bottle lying back at home).

Here are some quick & natural home remedies that will turn whole situation around:

  1. Drink Water
    K.I.S.S (keep it simple, stupid!)
  2. Increase Fluid Intake
    Praying for a Costco trip? Missing those bright colored juices hanging out up top of the fridges closer to fruits but further from infinity pools? Well now is time.
  3. Eat Spicy Food
    Yes; consume food containing capsaicin like bell peppers actually helps stimulate taste buds sending signals back down towards brain causing mouth-watering symptoms which inevitably cause us to rustle up fluid intake due increased saliva production.
    4 Saltwater Gargle
    A far cry from drinking salted murky fish tank liquid in “emergencies”…But gargling with saltwater actually works wonders hydrating both ways inward AND outward.

Hydration Recap

Dehydration can sneak up on ya quicker than a thief in the night! So make sure you’re setting yourself up for success by sipping on plain old water regularly throughout day or snacking on some high-water-content foods like cucumber slices or strawberries once in awhile.

And remember – always listen as body communicates whether feeling thirstier than usual OR just generally fighting through workout fatigue etc..Don’t forget importance electrolytes play-and most importantly never ever underestimate power of good ole’ fashioned R&R tme enhancing our bodies ability finally push aside negative energy because afterall-We’ve only got one H20 supply folks so don’t drain right down the toilet without getting your recommended daily dose from NAM (or some written guide on internet).

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