Are you dehydrated? That may seem like a daft question, but the fact is, most people don't always realise when they need to drink more water. Dehydration actually occurs at the point you feel thirsty, so by then, you've already gone past the point of adequate and healthy hydration. Similarly, if you're experiencing fatigue, headaches or irritability, you are likely to be noticing other signs of dehydration. For most people, the signals that instruct a person to drink water can become slightly distorted. For many, it's common to interpret the need for water as a need for food. So, the next time you think you're hungry, a good tip is to fill up on a glass of water from your water coolers, wait for 20 minutes and see if you're still experiencing hunger pangs. Another common error is drinking caffeine when thirst kicks in. This is a double whammy on the dehydration front, as caffeine causes your body to expel water by acting as a natural diuretic. So, your espresso habit isn't simply jangling your nerves and putting strain on your adrenal glands, heart and mental state, it's also leaving you thirstier than ever! The symptoms of ongoing low-level dehydration are ones that most people can identify with, as they include tension headaches, dull skin, tiredness and an inability to concentrate. When you next get the urge for a coffee, try enjoying a herbal tea or a glass of cooler water, with an ice cube and lemon in to pep it up if necessary. Rather than go crazy and drink your recommended 1.5 litres or more a day, sip it slowly and gradually. Remember that if you work in an active role, it's hot or you play sports or exercise, you'll need more water. Learning to listen to your body will reap rewards.
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