My youngest daughter recently started running cross-country. A cross over from soccer as she loved her coach and he coaches girls soccer in the spring, and cross-country in the fall. She’s been doing an amazing job, until the one race she was in agonizing pain. I knew that she was running last after being at a meet all morning, but what did I miss?
It suddenly hit me that no one, herself included, remembered to remind the kids to stay hydrated for the last race. Then, volunteering to march alongside the band for the oldest daughter in a recent parade, a mom told me of a boy cramping and almost passing out during the last parade. You guys. What do I always say (to my kids to be embarrassing)? Hydrate with some high quality H2O!! Yes. I use The Waterboy.
So now that we have covered this, grab some water right now and read the rest of this.
5 Signs That Your Body Needs More Water:
- You actually feel dry. Dry mouth, dry eyeballs, or dry skin. Right. Like you’ve been through the desert on a horse with no name…or something like that. Sugary drinks are like adding some crack to your brain and are not going to hydrate. I do not make these facts up. I just write them in a more interesting way than others. If you are experiencing itchy eyes and don’t normally have allergies, go for some water.
- You feel like you are 80 years old at age 30. I might be the exception to this because I started to feel old at 23, but really, if you are experiencing joint pain, I learned about this really cool thing called synovial fluid, and hey. It needs some love. Sugary stuff is inflammatory to joints. Chances are you have heard this. Water is not. It helps nutrients move through your blood therefore getting to your joints, and not only that, your body’s cartilage is composed of nearly 80% water. Hmm. What if it’s not getting any? Where is it taking nutrients from? Think about it.
- Fatigue like you can’t explain to the average person. When I was in chronic fatigue, my body had to work twice as hard. I don’t try to think back on those days of 24/7 pain for like 5 years, but I do know that I wasn’t doing the correct things. No doctor ever addressed this. Seriously. Water brings oxygen into your body. No one, not one doctor, said you know, mild dehydration causes the blood to thicken. I started noticing when I went for phlebotomies that my blood was really thick at certain times (not trying to gross you out, but it was part of my life for over 19 years to watch my blood go into a bag, and technically, I still have to keep an eye on it). I was always so out of it before, and during the nurses would say drink, drink, drink. One smart nurse finally hooked me up to an IV. Duh. That felt better. I didn’t know that my body was sucking the oxygen out from wherever it could find it, thus creating this sort of mini-storm of fatigue, mood swings, and basically quicksand feeling.
- You might suffer digestive problems. Let’s talk about our colons. They need some acknowledgement for all the shit they put up with. << I couldn’t resist, but really. I would be embarrassed about this, but that ship sailed years ago when my friend was diagnosed with colon cancer and had zero history and the only warning was she thought it might have been hemorrhoids. I know I sound like my college biology teacher, and I can still hear her today, but she would yell to the class your ermmm feces says lots about your health. Again, if this saves a life, I don’t mind saying stay hydrated and take note of any issues and see a doctor as needed. Don’t be embarrassed about this as life is too short.
- Your headaches are increasing. A very noticeable sign all the way down to your young child who is in sports. A theory is that the dehydration feeling causes pressure in your brain to change. Drink 2-3 cups of water immediately as that helps (in theory) to level out the fluid levels around your spinal cord. I believe this to be true as I get enormous pressure and, I notice when I urinate that it is not the right color. Ack!! Those two go hand in hand. Dark pee, headaches, drink more water. Sorry not sorry. Trying to be helpful and embarrassing at the same time.
The bottom line is, why don’t we talk about this with our health professionals? Are we too embarrassed to mention these signs? Our body is showing us in the only way it can that it is of dire importance that we notice the signs and signals it is giving us. Liked this? Here are 5 Steps to Being Healthier Today to continue on in this theme. Just use the search button on the right hand side or the top tab “health” for more. Want my newsletter? That’s over there too.
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