Are you getting enough fluids? There are many symptoms of dehydration which include but are not limited to dry mouth, lips and eyes, feeling tired/lethargic, dizziness and headaches.
Slight hydration can affect physical performance by 20%, dehydration can also affect cognitive function and by the time you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Keeping on top of your fluid intake will help you stay ahead of thirst.
If you feel thirsty/dehydrated, do you reach for water? Water actually may not be the ideal rehydration drink, it increases urine output which can delay the hydration process. A drink containing electrolytes such as sodium (milk or a sports drink for example) could be a better option as these will help maintain thirst and delay urine output.
Drinking water often will keep you hydrated but if you struggle with eight glasses a day, maybe opt for three glasses of milk over the course of the day instead (remember to take the caloric density in to account if you’re tracking).
Tips for staying hydrated:
* Carry a bottle with you
* If you don’t like plain water, add a sugar free diluting juice
* Consuming certain foods; fruit, veg, soups etc
* Check the colour of your pee! The more clear it is, the better hydrated you are.