Why Dehydration Can Seriously Affect our Stress Levels

Dehydration Can Cause Major Stress To The Body

But other than the obvious stress that dehydration puts on the body to work more, dehydration puts serious pressure on the bodies organs and systems, it imbalances the bodies 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, 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 if not;

  • Dehydration can cause lack of concentration, 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.

Moderate to severe symptoms of dehydration includes lowered blood pressure, increased heart rate, fainting, dizziness and emotional outbursts.The recommended intake of water per person is approx 0.5 oz per Ilb of weight. 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…

If you want to help keep stress levels at bay, make sure you stay hydrated today.


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