Problems with dehydration

Because of growing up with hard water, I never developed good hydration habits.

Our property featured a water well that was overrun with iron and calcium.

The water was discolored, smelled bad and tasted awful. Even if we mixed up lemonade, iced tea or Kool Aid, the water was still disgusting. I didn’t even like using it to brush teeth. At that time, bottled water wasn’t readily available or popular. There was no way my mother would have purchased something we could get from the tap for free. My family never really drank water. As I’ve gotten older, this has become a problem for me. I often suffer the symptoms of dehydration. I deal with frequent migraines. The headaches are so painful that I become nauseous and have already vomited. I might be forced to go back to bed and try to sleep with an ice pack on my head. I can experience fever and chills. I now carry a water bottle around with me all day. Unfortunately, I rarely remember to drink from it. I’ve found the best way to combat dehydration is to include water consumption in my morning workouts. I fill a 32 ounce water bottle and drink from it throughout the exercise session. I typically switch what type of exercise I do after every song on my playlist. I make sure to take a sizable drink between each song as well. I drink the entire water bottle by the end of the workout. Afterward, I mix a powder that contains electrolytes into a 16 ounce bottle of water and drink that. Even if I neglect to drink water for the rest of the day, at least I got a good start.


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