Dehydration And Stress Levels
Why Dehydration Can Cause Major Stress To The Mind And Body’s Stress Levels. Why dehydration puts serious pressure on the body’s organs and systems to work harder. Why we need enough water intake to balance the body’s natural homeostasis, healing and rejuvenating process. Dehydration can be mild to severe and includes a wide range of symptoms.
Adequate water intake is required for digestion, nutritional absorption, and distribution. It is also needed to support our metabolic, immune, endocrine and respiratory system as well as detoxification. Our bodies are not designed to hold on to water so it needs to be hydrated daily.
- Dehydration can cause confusion and fatigue.
- Dehydration can cause irritability and emotional vulnerability.
- Dehydration is often confused for hunger and leads to binge eating or sugar fixes especially in the mid-afternoon.
- Dehydration can increase our anxiety and stress levels
Water And Our Mental, Physical Stress Levels
Moderate to severe symptoms of dehydration include lowered blood pressure, increased heart rate, fainting, dizziness and emotional outbursts. Dehydration can be one influencing fact of stress at work especially in warm weather or warm environments like hospitals, nursing homes, schools….
Our body is made up of at least 50% water. Even a 2% decrease in water intake can affect your physical, mental and visual cognitive abilities. Amanda Carlson, RD director of performance nutrition at Athletes’ Performance, a trainer of world-class athletes states that “Studies have shown that being just half a litre dehydrated can increase your cortisol levels” Cortisol is a major stress hormone that can play havoc with our sleep when elevated, it can affect memory, learning, immune system, blood pressure…The recommended intake of water per person is approx 0.5 oz per Ilb of weight
If you want to help keep stress levels at bay, make sure you stay hydrated today and check out our blog
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