Dehydration and Your Mood
Did you know you can survive for twenty-one days without food but only three without water? The adult human body is around 65 percent water, and shockingly enough, 75 percent of Americans could be suffering from chronic dehydration. There are many signs of dehydration in adults, and if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it might be time to get a tall glass of H2O. Mild-to-moderate signs of dehydration might include:
- Increased thirst
- Dry mouth
- Extremely yellow urine
- Dry skin
Severe cases of dehydration might include the following symptoms:
- Urination problems
- Extreme dizziness that doesn’t allow the person to stand up or walk normally
- A drop in blood pressure
- Rapid heart rate
- Poor skin elasticity
In addition to all of the physical symptoms, dehydration also takes a toll on your mood and cognition. The human brain is actually 70 percent water, so if your body doesn’t take in enough fluids, it could significantly affect your mood. You may find yourself confused, dizzy, anxious, and even irritable if you are dehydrated. People who don’t drink enough water throughout the day are often cranky and tired. People who lose as little as 1.5 percent in water volume can experience fatigue and difficulty performing typical everyday tasks.
Staying hydrated is essential to living a healthy lifestyle. It is also straightforward to stay hydrated since it can be as easy as just drinking some water. Alcohol detox centers wouldn’t be able to save the lives of alcoholics without proper hydration methods, people in extreme competitions wouldn’t be able to participate without quality H2O, and the world wouldn’t be the place it is today without water.
by Ben Emerling
About the author: Writer Ben Emerling believes that health and fitness (and water) can help people recover and live happier lives. He currently works for Addiction Network.