The Strange Ways Dehydration Shows Up In Your Body

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Did you know that dehydration is a serious issue for most people? It’s true.

And the thing is, most people have no idea that they’re even dehydrated. Dehydration shows up in the body in strange ways, which causes people to think they have a symptom that’s not really there.

For example, dehydration has been known to show its face as:

  • Food cravings
  • Headaches
  • Muscle cramps
  • Hunger pangs

Life Liquid

Water really is life liquid. It can revive you when you sweat, hydrate you when you’re parched and help ward off weird pains and cravings.

When you’re a writer, you need water to keep you hydrated during your creative sessions.

Many writers end their sessions early because they sit there drinking soda or coffee, which makes them feel tired, dehydrated, can bring on a headache… any number of things.

When you’re properly hydrated, your whole body will feel different. You’ll be able to make it through a writing session without getting a headache or having to stop for a snack even though you just ate.

How Much Water Is “Proper Hydration?”

Depends. It’s different for everyone.

Since your body is made up mostly of water, I always recommend drinking at least half your body weight in ounces every day (or as close to every day as possible).

Here’s how to figure out what your water intake should be:

  1. Weigh yourself—Last time I checked I weighed 125 pounds
  2. Divide the number in half—half of 125 is about 62.5

So I should be drinking about 62.5 ounces of water every day, in order to stay hydrated.

There will be some days you drink more and others you drink less. It’s all about trial and error and creating a balance. If you feel thirsty, drink more. If you feel hydrated with no cravings/headaches, drink less that day.

By aiming to stay as hydrated as possible, you can ward off weird symptoms that keep you from feeling your best.

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