Just a tiny 1% dehydration
1% dehydration and...
1- Fatigue takes hold of you!
Your body's cells need water to function properly, and to do so, you must drink to hydrate these cells. If you don't, your body doesn't have what it needs to perform its millions of tasks.
Plus, your day will feel longer and since your body is "working harder" to rehydrate, the lethargic effect (however small) will be felt the next day.
2-You mistake thirst for hunger
If you don't drink enough, you'll feel more tired and this fatigue will be confused with hunger. Your first instinct will probably be to snack. Oops!
3-You feel the heat more
Does your face and skin turn red when you're hot? That's heat-induced vasodilation because your body actually wants to get rid of the heat. When hydrated, your body stays in a state of homeostasis longer and can experience greater temperature fluctuations.
4-Your kidneys work harder (as well as your liver, skin...)
Water is the ultimate toxin eliminator. Without adequate water intake, your kidneys must compensate. Avoid complications: if your urine is dark yellow, drink it!
I know some of you will laugh, but I often say it (and it makes people smile), your urine "speaks" to you. Take the test. Hydrate adequately and sufficiently, and the color will change.
5-You have a headache
The brain is quickly affected by dehydration. Whether it's from alcohol, heat, forgetfulness or neglect, you risk developing a headache that could have easily been avoided. A recent study showed that 40% of 340 "dehydrated" participants developed a headache.
If you feel confused, or if you see that someone around you is hot and confused, dehydration may be more advanced. Quickly encourage that person to drink.
How do I do this?
The trick is to drink before thirst sets in. You should drink more frequently during unexpected heat waves in Quebec or during intensive (or prolonged) training, since the demand for fluids will double in these conditions.
Interesting fact: 80% of the fluids you need to maintain your fluid balance can be drunk and up to 20% of your food can help compensate for water loss.
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1.2.3. Go for it! Drink up!
Take care of yourself! 🙏😊