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Surprising reasons behind dehydration, best food sources with high water content

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(NaturalNews) Staying hydrated by having the proper amounts of fluids on a daily basis is essential for the body, as the body loses fluids in ways that many may not be aware of. For example, according the Mayo Clinic, "Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water (1)."

It's not uncommon for people to overlook the fact that water is lost through breath and perspiration, or to think that the only time hydration matters is when thirst kicks in or they are engaging in exercise.

Top surprising causes that can lead to dehydration

In fact, there are a number of other surprising causes that can lead to dehydration. Here's a closer look.

1) Diabetes

People with diabetes typically make frequent trips to the restroom, part of the process of ridding extra glucose via urination (2). They should remain more mindful of consuming more fluids to make up for the loss.

2) PMS

Robert Kominiarek, DO, a board-certified family physician in Ohio explains that PMS alters hormones like estrogen and progesterone, an in turn, affect hydration levels (2). Furthermore, women with a very heavy blood flow during this time are likely losing more water.

3) Stress

It's not easy to escape, but stress is another surprising factor that can cause dehydration. The bottom line is that too much of it activates stress hormones, part of a detailed process in the body that ultimately impacts electrolyte and fluid levels (2).

4) Not eating enough fruits and vegetables

Because these foods tend to have a high water content, not incorporating enough in diets can lead to dehydration (2).

Although water is considered ideal because it's easily accessible and has no calories, certain foods can work wonders to stay hydrated. In fact, food makes up about 20 percent of total water intake, and fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes and watermelon are at least 90 percent water by weight (1).

In addition to watermelon and tomatoes, other healthy foods that contribute to hydration include pineapples, strawberries, cantaloupe, cabbage and squash (4).

Having enough fluid in the body is essential because without sufficient amounts, complications can ensue ranging from having low energy levels and migraines to exasperating preexisting conditions such as cardiovascular disorders and osteoporosis (3).

Sources for this article include:

(1) http://www.mayoclinic.org

(2) http://www.huffingtonpost.com

(3) http://www.organicfacts.net

(4) http://www.livestrong.com

About the author:
A science enthusiast with a keen interest in health nutrition, Antonia has been intensely researching various dieting routines for several years now, weighing their highs and their lows, to bring readers the most interesting info and news in the field. While she is very excited about a high raw diet, she likes to keep a fair and balanced approach towards non-raw methods of food preparation as well. >>> Click here to see more by Antonia

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