You’re probably dehydrated

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Chances are, by the time you reach for water because you feel thirsty, you’re already very dehydrated (Link)

The first few signs of dehydration typically have you feeling lightheaded, noticing your mouth is dry, feeling tired, and of course having very dark or yellow urine.

While these symptoms might seem extreme, the unfortunate truth is that most of us do actually allow ourselves to get to this point. If you have extremely strong smelling urine, or you find yourself feeling tired for no reason during the day, dehydration is likely the answer.

So how can you avoid it?

1. Set a liquid goal

How much you need to drink each day depends on a vast number of factors, including your weight, your salt intake, the amount you sweat, and the amount you exercise. That being said, experts typically recommend between 11 and 16 cups a day, with you eating some of that (there are a lot of water-rich foods; cucumbers, celery, watermelon, and strawberries), and taking some (but not most) of it in through other liquid sources, like coffee and tea. Figure out a goal that is doable (so you aren’t running to the bathroom every 20 minutes), and keeps you suitably hydrated (remember to check your urine) and you’re all good!

2. Plan to drink at regular intervals

Some people draw lines on their water bottles with instructions on when to drink, others use the the Lifesum app to remind them to drink at different points throughout the day, and others, just make sure to drink water before each meal. Do whatever works for you, but try something!

3. Learn to carry a bottle

Yes, everywhere. The thing is, if it’s around, you will drink from it, just because it’s there. At first it’s almost definitely going to feel annoying to have to carry a bottle everywhere with you, but once you get used to it you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

Here are a few great bottles that keep your water cold (or hot) all day long:

1. For the person with long days: Skyline Series 18 oz Standard Mouth from Hydro Flask

2. For the person who likes to camp and hike: Brita BB11 Premium Filtering Water Bottle

3. For the person who needs a little extra motivation: BuildLife 1 Gallon Water Bottle

With Lifesum, tracking your healthy habits (and the not so healthy ones) becomes a breeze. We’ll help you pick the right food, and eat the right portion sizes, to reach your personal health goals.

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