You’ve been reminded your whole life that you should be drinking eight glasses of water a day. This amount of water should be enough to fulfil your fluid needs for the day, so your mind and body can function properly.
Unfortunately, many people don’t get adequate water intake on a daily basis. Some simply forget to drink their eight glasses while others require even more fluids to stay hydrated due to a health condition or other issue.
If you’re not consuming enough to meet your body’s needs, you’ll likely be dehydrated, which is caused by a fluid deficiency. Dehydration can be acute (from heat exposure or an extreme workout, for example) or it can be chronic. Chronic cases can be caused by working outdoors, by living in a warm climate, by having certain medical conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or by being pregnant or breastfeeding.
What’s more, a chronic case can cause dehydration effects that can harm your health and affect your everyday life, such as the ones described below.
1. Constant Fatigue
It’s hard enough to wake up in the morning when you’re facing constant fatigue, let alone be actively engaged in your everyday activities. It can be tough to concentrate and focus at work or at school, and you can pretty much say goodbye to having enough energy to work out and cook healthy foods. Your social life can start to crumble too if you’re always too tired to go out and see friends and family.
If you’re experiencing low energy and constant fatigue, you may be dehydrated. Literally every single part of your body needs water to function! Without adequate hydration, your body and mind will start to slow down and work less effectively.
2. Frequent Headaches
Hiding under the covers in a quiet, dark room to try to get rid of yet another one of your god-awful headaches? Miss another day of work or school due to a splitting headache? Avoiding people, noise, and the sun? Of course, this can have a drastic impact on your life.
One of the top dehydration effects you’ll likely face if you’re not hydrated enough is frequent headaches. When you’re dehydrated, your brain may shrink or contract from the loss of fluid. This can literally cause your brain to pull away from the skill (Yikes!), which can be painful, to say the least.
With proper hydration, though, your brain plumps back up and returns to its normal state, and it’s bye, bye, dehydration headache.
3. Ongoing Muscle Weakness
If your body literally feels too tired from the simplest activities, like taking a short walk or cleaning your house, muscle weakness may be the culprit. And, you guessed it, muscle weakness is a sign of chronic dehydration. Life should be fun and relatively easy. You shouldn’t get winded bringing in the groceries.
When you’re dehydrated, you’re not only deficient in fluid but also in electrolytes like sodium, potassium, and chloride, which causes this effect.
4. Frequent Dizziness
It’s difficult to feel engaged in life when you feel dizzy every time you stand up. To prevent this dehydration effect, you may find yourself taking it a little too easy, staying in bed constantly and hardly getting out. This isn’t a way to live! Dehydration effects cause a drop in blood pressure. When this happens, your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, so you feel dizzy.
Your stomach hurts and you’ve been uncomfortable for days. There doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. You barely want to stand up, and you don’t want to be too far away from your toilet in case you get the urge to go.
When you become dehydrated, your intestines can’t add enough water to your stools to soften them up. As a result, it can be hard to pass the hard, dry stools, leading to constipation. This is especially common in pregnancy. Getting enough fluids can usually clear this problem right up.
Treat Dehydration Effects with Mobile IV Therapy
Dehydration effects could be negatively affecting your life. If you’re dealing with constant fatigue, headaches, muscle weakness, dizziness, or constipation, consider a Hydration IV therapy to treat your symptoms. This is the fastest way to regain your lost fluids, vitamins, and minerals, so you can start feeling better.
Get a Hydration IV drip in the San Francisco Bay Area by booking a mobile appointment with Rejuv IV. We come to you to administer at-home treatment.