Dehydration And Energy Drain
Do you understand how dehydration can drain your energy?
You might exercise properly and eat a healthy diet, but still feel drained of energy from time to time. Why is this? It could be because you are simply not getting your body the hydration it needs. Let’s take a look at just how adding plenty of liquid to your diet can boost you physically and mentally, and make you healthier as well.
Your body needs food and water to live
You convert food into calories, which are then used for energy. And since as much as 50 to 65% of your body weight is made up of water, you need to keep hydrated as well. Even a sedentary lifestyle will burn through a certain amount of fluid each day. This water must be replaced, or you feel drowsy and tired.
Dehydration Slows Down Your Metabolism – Not Good For Energy
When you are properly hydrated, you have high levels of energy. This is because dehydration lowers your metabolic rate. When your metabolism is low, you are burning fewer calories. This means your energy production is also lower.
Incredibly, even your resting metabolism benefits when you are properly hydrated. That means that even if you have a life that is very sedentary, and you do not get much exercise, your body still benefits from proper hydration.
Dehydration Boosts Bad Moods
And guess what? When your energy tanks, your bad mood rises. You feel emotionally stronger and healthier when you have a lot of energy. You begin to get grumpy, and you are no fun to be around, when your energy level is low. So drinking lots of water during the day has an emotional benefit as well as a physical one.
Fortunately, you can defeat the dehydration energy drain quickly. German researchers in 2007 published some amazing dehydration findings in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Drinking just 500 milliliters (16.9 ounces) of water instantly begins to kick in the calorie-burning stage of metabolism.
How Much Water Do You Need?
Make sure your daily schedule includes 2.7 liters of water (91 ounces) if you are a woman. Men should drink at least 3.7 liters (125 ounces) of water daily. The food you eat naturally supplies some level of hydration, but nowhere near the amount your body requires.
How can you guarantee your body is hydrated and functioning properly? Make sure you have adequate supplies of water nearby at all times. Keep bottled water on hand at home, in your vehicle and at the office, and you will see your water consumption and energy rise accordingly.