Surprising reasons why you’re dehydrated

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

Our bodies are made up of 50-75% water.

With summer coming just around the corner, keeping your body hydrated is more important than ever. People usually take heavy sweating as a cue to guzzle down a cup of water or two, but there are actually more factors that can cause dehydration like stress, too little fresh produce, and lack of carbs!

When we are feeling stressed, our body works hard to produce stress hormones (chemicals that regulate physical processes). One of these hormones, aldosterone, is associated with balancing fluid levels, so when we’re feeling really stressing out, our body works double time to produce the stress hormone until it becomes too tired to meet demands. The problem is that this fatigue also causes a drop in aldosterone, which then triggers dehydration. This is harmful for your body, especially if you aren’t eating enough carbohydrates.

Cooking carbohydrates like whole grain pasta, oatmeal, and brown rice ends up soaking up a lot of water in the preparation process, which then hydrates our bodies when we consume them. Not eating enough carbs may actually cut out hydration levels as well. So, people who are on a type of low-carb diet should be wary of their weight loss, since it could be a sign of dehydration.

Finally, not eating enough fruits and veggies every day may be a cause of dehydration. Fresh produce like cucumbers, green peppers, apples, radishes, and cantaloupe are made up of more than 90% water. They also have the added benefit of fiber – a type of carbohydrate that cleans out our digestive system. So, these yummy plants are definitely one of the healthiest ways to get water into your body… besides drinking water, that is. The summer heat is coming fast and it’s definitely going to take a toll on your hydration levels, so don’t stress, eat your carbs, stock up on produce, and please drink some water!

Featured image courtesy of Alfonso Pierantonio on Flickr.