14 Surprising Reasons for Dehydration

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6. Prescription Medication

Read the label on your prescription medications, many of side effects include dehydration. Blood pressure medications are one of the worst. Also, any drug that lists vomiting or diarrhea as a side effect can also end up causing dehydration. Be sure to increase your fluid intake if any of the side effects say that dehydration is a possibility.

 

7. Stress

When you are under a great deal of stress, your body pumps out stress hormones. However, if you are constantly under a stress eventually your adrenal glands become exhausted. Adrenal glands also help to regulate your body’s natural level of fluids as well as electrolytes. So, when your body is under chronic stress, you can become dehydrated without your ever being aware of it.

 

8. Low Carb Diets

Carbs are stored in your body along with fluids, that’s why when you eliminate carbs you usually drop a few pounds of water weight immediately. Although that lower number on the scale will make you happy but it’s actually bad news for the hydration levels of your body. Whole carbs such as whole grain pasta and brown rice absorb water during the cooking process means that eating them releases that water into your body. When you cut them out of your diet you could be unknowingly reducing your fluid intake as well. If you are on a low carb diet, be sure to drink extra water.

 

9. IBS

As if having irritable bowel syndrome isn’t bad enough, its symptoms can cause major dehydrations. Many people try to control this condition by putting themselves on elimination diets in an attempt to find their trigger foods. If you cut out certain hydrating foods such as carbs, fruits, or veggies, you could also be cutting out your body’s hydration.

 

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10. Your Exercise Routine

Most people think that dehydration issues after a workout only apply to professional athletes, but any time you work hard enough to sweat, you’re losing water. Day after day, week after week, whether it’s a jog around the neighborhood or your 3 times a week spin class, if you end up sweating more than you are drinking, you are in for trouble. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids both before and after your workout.

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