By now you have realized some of the important reasons you need to be hydrating adequately. Proper hydration levels are key for maintaining exercise performance, keeping your energy level high, keeping your brain mentally sharp, and ensuring that your body is able to process food and eliminate waste correctly.
But, did you know that hydration is also keep to keeping your breathing patterns regular? That’s right. If you are not hydrating properly, your body could be showing signs of hyperventilating, often without you even realizing it.
While almost everyone will recognize a severe case of hyperventilation as soon as it hits, very mild cases are often missed entirely.
Here’s what you need to know.
Clinical Signs Of Dehydration
When you look up the clinical signs of dehydration, on the list is both an increased heart rate coupled with an increased breathing rate.
When your body isn’t getting the hydration that it needs, this is going to lead to a drop in total blood volume, which now means your body has to work harder to pump blood throughout the various tissues in the body.
Your heart rate starts to go up in effort to help accomplish this and with this, you breath heavier. The heavier breathing will help provide sufficient oxygen to oxygenate the blood and keep the heart rate as high as it needs to be.
Along with these two symptoms, you may also have symptoms such as reduced appetite, feeling dizzy and/or light headed, suffering from constipation, as well as feeling nervous or having a jittery feeling.
If you are experiencing any of these signs, that’s good indication you are already in a very dehydrated state.
Your mission needs to be to avoid this altogether by taking steps to ensure that you are consistently hydrated properly.
Here’s how you can do that.
How To Stay Hydrated
First, you need to pay close attention to your day to day life. Remember that each and every day brings new challenges to the body and some days you may need more fluid than others.
For instance, on warmer days, even if you don’t feel like you are sweating excessively, you’re still losing water and should be hydrating more.
Likewise, the more physical activity you’re doing on a regular basis and the more intense that activity is, the more you’ll also want to be hydrating.
Finally, also keep in mind that if you are utilizing a higher protein, higher carb diet plan, this will also bring up your need for adequate hydration. Higher protein diets can place a bit more strain on the kidneys, but this strain can be decreased by getting sufficient fluid into the body.
Likewise, if you are eating a higher carb diet plan, your body will be absorbing additional water with the carbohydrates you eat, leaving less water left over for all the other functions in the body. By drinking more than normal during this time, be it a higher carb-up on your diet plan (a refeed) or simply a high baseline carb intake, you can prevent symptoms of dehydration from being seen.
The best way to ensure optimal hydration is met is through increasing your intake of quality water, and in addition to that, also consider supplementation designed to help accelerate the process of hydrating your system. KAGED MUSCLE HYDRA-CHARGE for instance helps to increase the total cellular oxygen consumption after use while also helping to support the maintenance of cellular fluid volume, especially during intense exercise.
This product can help to extend your endurance during intense physical activity and give you a fuller looking physique thanks to the fact there will be more water within each muscle cell.
How Much Should You Drink?
With all of this said, how much water should you be drinking? It’s hard to give you an exact figure as that number will change on a daily basis depending on your exercise level, the temperature outside, and your food intake.
The best way to assess whether you are well hydrated is to actually look at your urine. If it’s clear or a very pale yellow, you know you’re on top of hydration. If it’s brighter colored, you have work to do.*
Generally speaking though, aim to consume about 0.5 ounces of fluid for every pound of body weight. So for the average 150 pound individual, this would be about 75 fluid ounces, or just under 8 cups per day. If you exercise, you’ll want to add a little more to this number.
So as you can see, hydration is not something to be taken lightly. If you are not adequately hydrating yourself, you will see unwanted symptoms such as hyperventilation and will also be on the path to decreased exercise performance.
Fortunately this is something that is easily remedied with the right approach.
*Note that certain multi-vitamins can cause the urine to go deep yellow, so be aware this is not always the most reliable indicator in these instances.