During the winter, I’m not as motivated to drink water because it is cold outside and I get dehydrated during my day to day routine.
- My skin gets so dry an itchy it hurts and no amount of moisturizer seems to help.
- I feel sluggish.
- I get a headaches.
- Most recently, I start feeling a little dizzy toward the end of my early morning ballet class.( Yes! I’m taking ballet! More on that later.)
Since the dizziness could be a sign of something far worse than dehydration, I make an appointment with my doctor. My doctor is always telling me I’m dehydrated and need to drink more water when I frequently land in her office with a urinary tract, bladder, or kidney infection. Guess what? Surprise! I changed things up with an ear infection.
Then my doctor gave me the you need to stay hydrated now that you are dancing again speech.
How to Stay Hydrated Before, During, and After Dance Class
- The easiest way to tell if you are dehydrated is to check the color of your urine after going to the bathroom. It is a little TMI, but the darker the urine, the more dehydrated you are. During my Ren Faire days, our rallying cry on hot days was, “Drink (water) until it’s clear!” Clear or light colored urine is a quick hydration check but it doesn’t give you a clue about the electrolytes you’ve lost through exercising or sweating.
- Drinking water is usually the best way to stay hydrated. Most experts recommend approximately 8 glasses of water a day (1 to 2 liters) depending upon your size, body weight, and physical activity. More activity = more fluids necessary.
- Caffeine, alcohol, and surgery sodas are not the way to stay hydrated. Too much of either may have the opposite effect. I’m not saying never say never. I enjoy my morning cup of coffee for the
health and safety of those around metaste too. This is something to be aware of and check with your health professional if you have concerns about the amount you consume on a daily basis.
- In addition to replacing water, you also need to replace the electrolytes you are losing while you sweat. Gross but that’s the way our bodies regulate themselves when they get too warm. The simplest way to replace electrolytes is to eat food or drink an electrolyte drink.
Thing is, Husband and I don’t buy sports drinks because we can’t find one that doesn’t contain high fructose corn syrup, artificial neon colors, and sickly sweet artificial flavors. Given my dehydration history, I figure I should start looking for an electrolyte drink that hydrates without all of the extra junk for those times when I am so involved in figuring out a step, a routine, or a work project that I don’t always drink the amount of fluids I know I should to fight dehydration.
See the water bottle next to my pumpkin pancakes? I get too wrapped up in what I am doing at work to drink three to four of those most days during the winter. If I don’t front load during the day, I could already be dehydrated walking into a class. I found this out the hard way when I took my first Zumba class.I found DripDrop while cruising the baby aisle on my way to the pharmacy at CVS and thought I’d give it a try. I was a little concerned Drip Drop would taste sickeningly sweet since I found it in the baby aisle but the electrolyte and sugar balance plus the fact that Drip Drop doesn't contain artificial flavors or colors convinced me to give it a fair shake.
DripDrop is lactose free! I discovered that many sports drinks and bars contain milk ingredients the hard way. I avoid all of them because it is easier, and that’s another way I’ve gotten into dehydration trouble.The next day, I mixed a packet of Berry Flavor DripDrop powder into an 8 ounce class of water and drank it post morning coffee at my desk while I worked. The berry flavoring is light and not overpowering. It is the Goldilocks of flavor - just right. If you aren’t into berry flavor, DripDrop also comes in Lemon, Husband’s preferred flavor for just about everything.
I had a productive afternoon and I didn’t get my typical late afternoon headache. Although I’m not sure if this was due to staying more hydrated with DripDrop or the slightly warmer weather that day, but my skin didn’t feel like dry alligator skin either.
In the following weeks, I added DripDrop powder to my water bottle and alternated drinking DripDrop before ballet, during my work day, and during Zumba classes with days I drank plain water.
On DripDrop days, I’m much more likely to be “in the clear” and hydrated earlier in the day than on water days when and if good hydration happens, it is late at night before I go to bed.
The way I feel on fully hydrated DripDrop days makes me more aware of those times when I’m falling behind in the hydration department. I started keeping DripDrop packs in my dance bag, gym bag, and my purse just in case.
That way, if I am feeling dehydrated during my normal day to day, I can add an electrolyte boost to my water. I’m not saying DripDrop is going to cure all of my dehydration problems because it is still up to me to make good choices and take responsibility when I don’t. What I’m saying is DripDrop is another tool to use when I know I need more hydration than water can give me at the moment like I did last Saturday during an impromptu lunch with friends at my favorite local and sustainable restaurant in our arts district.
Grass fed burger and berry flavored electrolyte goodness!Don’t just take my word for it, try DripDrop yourself. Take advantage and print this digital coupon for $1.00 off ONE (1) box of DripDrop Hydration Powder at CVS Pharmacy (it is in the baby aisle) while supplies last 1/21/15 to 2/21/15.
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