Are You Chronically Dehydrated?

As temperatures become cooler, it’s easy to slow down on your water intake. Though water loss through sweat is likely to decrease in the lower temperatures, it is important to keep hydration top of mind. Dehydration can lead to the following health issues.
Allergies
When you are dehydrated, the immune system becomes imbalanced and histamine levels can increase, making you more vulnerable to dust, pollen, mold, or other allergens.
Digestive Problems
Acid reflux and constipation are among the lesser known symptoms of chronic dehydration. Stay hydrated to keep your digestive tract running smoothly.
Depression, Irritability or Mental Fog
The brain needs a relatively large amount of water to function properly. Blood supply to the brain can be reduced when dehydrated leading to mental and emotional imbalances.
Luckily, the solution is simple. Drink more water. Water from your tap that has been filtered at home is the best and the cheapest option. Try to avoid bottled water. Quality tests for bottled water are not required by the FDA, and some brands have been recalled due to contamination with arsenic, bromate, cleaning compounds, mold, and bacteria in the past. Plastic bottles also create tons of environmental waste. If flavor is an issue, try infusing water with herbs, or your favorite fruits or vegetables. Try the recipe below!
Article adapted from Rodale Wellness.

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