Water is essential to our life and well-being, but sometimes we can come up a bit short and our body will likely tell us about it. Insufficient hydration can cause your mood and energy levels to dry up.
Your body is about 60 percent water, so even a small decline (1.5 percent) can cause a negative impact. Let’s take a look at some causes of dehydration, some may even surprise you.
- Diabetes – People with diabetes – especially people who don’t yet realize they have it – are at increased risk for dehydration.
- Menstruation – Estrogen and progesterone influence your body’s hydration levels, and when the two are roller-coastering, like when you’re in the middle of PMS, you may need to increase your fluid intake to stay hydrated.
- Prescription Meds – Many medications act as a diuretic, upping your urine output and your risk of dehydration.
- Low Carb Diets – Carbohydrates are stored in your body right along with fluids. That’s why you drop a few pounds of water weight when you eliminate carbs, which sometimes causes dehydration.
- Stress – When you are under stress, your adrenal glands pump out stress hormones. If you’re constantly under stress, eventually your adrenals become exhausted, causing adrenal insufficiency. The problem is the adrenals also produce the hormone aldosterone, which helps regulate your body’s levels of fluid and electrolytes. A drop in the production of aldosterone can trigger dehydration.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Symptoms of IBS are nausea and chronic diarrhea which can cause dehydration.
- Your Workout – Anytime you break a sweat you are losing water, and if you are sweating out more than you are consuming you can become dehydrated.
- Pregnancy – During pregnancy your overall blood volume and cardiac output increase, which can thereby increase your fluid requirements.
- Aging – As you age, your body’s ability to conserve water and your sensation for thirst declines, meaning it’s easier to become dehydrated and more difficult to tell when you’re fluids are low.
- Dietary Supplements – Dietary supplements can send your bladder into overdrive. It is best to consult with your doctor before you take any kind of dietary supplement.
- High Altitudes – When you travel to high altitudes, your body acclimates by speeding up your breathing as well as increasing your urine output. This causes you to exhale more water vapour than usual and can cause dehydration.
- Consuming Alcohol – Alcohol inhibits an antidiuretic hormone that would normally send some of the fluid you’re consuming back into the body, and instead sends it to your bladder. This will lower your hydration levels.
- Breastfeeding – Breastfeeding moves water from mom’s body to baby’s. This means it can lower your hydration levels if you are not careful.