When most people think of dehydration, they think of acute dehydration. They think of someone in the desert who is completely depleted to the point of near death. That's bad stuff, but it's not the only kind of dehydration to be mindful of.
Chronic dehydration is incredibly more common. Basically, chronic dehydration is getting less than the recommended 64oz of water each day. Day after day, falling under that minimum will lead to chronic dehydration.
While most people are aware of the 8 glasses a day rule, more than 75% fall well beneath that minimum daily.
Dehydration in America
Americans consume far below the recommended daily minimum. We've convinced ourselves that water is lame, tasteless, and boring, so we replace it with things like soda, beer, wine, tea, etc. But nothing hydrates the body like water. In fact, most of those liquid alternatives actually increase levels of dehydration. It's worse for Americans in the winter when we're not sweating outside, but even in the summer months the average American only gets about 32oz of water a day.
Repercussions of Chronic Dehydration
- Fatigue, Low Energy
- Digestive Disorders
- High and Low Blood Pressure
- Stomach Ulcers
- Trouble Breathing
- pH Imbalance
- Weight Gain
- Dry Skin
- High Cholesterol
Y'all -- 60% of our bodies is composed of water. We need water to function properly. And for those of us who work out, we need much more than 64oz a day. It's closer to 90oz for us!
If you're willing to spend money on coffee to wake you up, spin classes to lose weight, and lotion to moisturize your skin, you should also be willing to hydrate with water. Proper hydration clears up a lot of other health/body troubles that manifest in different ways.
Put your computer down, fill a glass, and drink up.