Have you had your eight glasses of water today? I haven’t either, I find it very tough to keep up with the ever changing requirements of how much liquid we all really need. I do know what can take place, if you are under your liquid intake requirements and that is called dehydration. It may seem weird to believe but you won’t always know when you need enough liquid but an easier way to find out is by learning to recognize the changes that your body undergoes when it is dehydrated. Before I go into the symptoms to watch out for, dehydration can cause serious repercussions to you, so always make sure that you have a drink nearby when it comes times to start sweating. The first indication that you dehydrated is if you find that your muscles are cramping more than usual.
You won’t be lucky enough to go through every bout of exercise in your life without a slight bit of cramping up. The next time you are viciously trying to massage a cramp away, realize that it could be caused by a simple lack of fluids. Be warned though that if the cramping doesn’t subside in a week or so, you could be undergoing something more serious, keep an eye on it. Another symptom of possible dehydration would be that muscles are pulsating, meaning that you can actually see them starting to move. I had an eye twitch that I thought was caused by stress but my doctor would later go on to tell me that it was only because I wasn’t keeping myself hydrated.
I only found that tidbit of information from my doctor, after dealing with the next symptom and not knowing the underlying cause. I used to go to the supermarket and fill my cart up with mostly beverages and little food. The kind of fluid obsessed shopping trip would only go down every other month or so but it always caused alarm for me. I could have pulled up to the parking lot, after sipping down a large drink, only to find that a beverage was all I had my mind on when I got my shopping cart. Having what I would consider borderline obsessed thoughts about downing my next bottle of water had me wondering if there wasn’t something beneath the surface that was causing me to feel like this. Saving what could be the most important symptom to watch out for and that would be fatigue. The usual fatigue that comes with an average day doesn’t mean that you should start trying to drink a bunch of water at once (that is never advised).
What you should be doing, if you feel fatigued, is to notice when these weakened sensations start to happen. If you are noticing that much of your fatigue is already occurring before you even get out of your car, more liquids could be the answer that you seek to find. There seems to be a belief that you are at higher risk for becoming dehydrated in the warmer months, which isn’t necessarily true. In colder months, you can be tricked, subconsciously, into thinking that you aren’t working up much of a sweat, when you could be nearing exhaustion. When the temperatures starts getting chilly, you shouldn’t be ditching the water so fast. I’ve mentioned water as the liquid that you will want to keep by your side, to fight against dehydration but sports drinks have been shown to work effectively, as well.