WASHINGTON -- Staying hydrated is important, especially during the heat of summer. But even if you drink a lot of water, other factors might be working against you.
Health.com examined some of the factors that can lead to dehydration and ways to combat it, too.
- If you're under a lot of stress, the adrenal glands that pump out
hormones become exhausted, causing dehydration and low electrolyte levels. While
upping fluid intake can help, limiting stressors is the best long-term solution.
- If you don't eat enough fruits and vegetables, you're not getting the
they bring along with them. Fill up half your plate at each meal with produce --
it could give you an extra cup of water a day.
- Some prescription medications can cause dehydration as a side effect.
medications act as diuretics, which increase urine output and a risk of
- Eliminating carbs from your diet can decrease the number on a scale,
could lead to dehydration, too. Carbs such as oatmeal, whole grain pasta and brown
rice soak up water during the cooking process, which can increase hydration
- Any type of workout can lead to dehydration. If you are sweating out
you are drinking water, there is a risk of dehydration. Health.com says to weigh
yourself before and after exercise and for every pound lost, drink 16 to 20 ounces
- Taking certain kinds of dietary supplements can send you to the
often, causing a loss of fluids. To combat dehydration, speak with a nutritionist
or doctor about any potential side effects.
- As you age, it gets harder to stay hydrated and harder to tell whether
really thirsty. Keep a bottle of water near you at all times and, each day, keep a
running total of how much you've consumed.
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