by Tina Sendin May 12, 2020
Dehydration is probably one of the most overlooked conditions that doesn't get a lot of medical attention. After all, it’s normal to get thirsty, right?
But it’s more than just getting thirsty.
Dehydration happens when there’s not enough fluid in your body.
In fact, thirst isn’t always the best way to tell whether you’re dehydrated or not. Some people suffering from it don’t realize they are, until moderate to severe symptoms manifest. Hence, it’s important to keep yourself hydrated at all times, but more so during hot weather or when you’re sick.
With dehydration comes electrolyte imbalance.
This makes it a little tougher to perform physical activity, more so an intense one like a workout.
If you suspect dehydration, you should put off exercise until you’re fully rehydrated.
To find out if you need more fluid in your body, here are some signs and symptoms.
By now we've established that working out dehydrated isn't ideal. And here are 7 reasons why!
This is because your heart has to double down on pumping blood. This means that even the lightest of workouts can make your heart beat faster and harder.
Blood volume depends on fluid found in your body. Without enough fluid, blood volume goes down and your heart needs to work harder to circulate the same amount of blood throughout your system.
When you work out, your body temperature goes up and your system needs fluid to cool it down. During intense physical activity, vital areas of your body like muscles and your cardiovascular system fight for fluid.
If you’re dehydrated, your cooling mechanism may not be as effective because the available fluid goes to these more important areas. This is especially true if you’re going through a high intensity workout and/or are in a warm environment.
The end result? You overheat.
Because having enough fluid in the body helps regulate body temperature, dehydration can also cause fever and chills, eventually leading to nausea.
This could lead to a downward spiral when it’s not just nausea you experience, but vomiting as well.
If you think the most obvious sign of dehydration is thirst, well think again.
The most important sign is low energy. If you’re feeling lackadaisical, lethargic and just fatigued, then it’s a clear sign you need to hydrate yourself.
Lack of water results in a slowdown in performance. You’ll start to notice that you can’t perform as well as you used to when NOT hydrated. All of a sudden you can’t complete a lap, lift some weights or perform that yoga headstand.
Dehydration actually results in the brain shrinking. Not having enough fluid in the brain causes it to contract. Dehydration headache ensues.
You’ll know a dehydration headache when the pain and tension are concentrated in the head, not anywhere else like neck or face. To know if your headache or migraine is caused by dehydration, pay attention to where you’re experiencing tension and pain.
Headache is a sign of trouble if you’re dehydrated. This is usually one of the late and most extreme cases of dehydration so run to the fridge and get a glass of ice-cold water, stat!
Dehydration causes blood pressure to plummet. When this happens, a good amount of oxygen doesn’t reach the brain, which causes dizziness.
Because various areas of your body are all fighting for available fluid, your muscles are likely to falter and you’ll start getting cramps.
Get yourself a bottle of water and hydrate!
No frills solution – get yourself out of dehydration and grab a bottle of water.
In fact, the American College of Sports Medicine recommends that you properly hydrate yourself pre- and post-workout. 
Do you know what’s better than that? Keep yourself hydrated, not just pre- and during a workout, but throughout the day!
According to Douglas Casa, Ph.D., chief executive officer of the Korey Stringer Institute and research associate in the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Connecticut: 
“During an activity, your thirst is a fantastic cue. Thirst kicks in when you’re somewhere around 2 percent dehydrated. If you squelch it then, you can stay below 2 percent, which is a good place to be. If you meet your thirst, then you won’t over hydrate.”
Add electrolytes into the mix.
According to Healthline, electrolytes “use their electrical energy to facilitate important bodily functions.” 
Electrolytes keep the body properly hydrated, which makes the muscles and nerves oiled enough to function efficiently. This is exactly what you need when working out!
While you can get electrolytes from natural sources, you can also get your instant fix through supplements like the VALI Electrolyte Salts + Caffeine – Hydration Energy Support and VALI Electrolyte Salts – Hydration Support.
Want to learn more about electrolytes? Read this article: Are electrolytes good for you?
by Tina Sendin November 24, 2020
Us ladies just want to maintain healthy, luscious locks all the time – lockdown or not.
But sometimes, we’re doing more harm than good to our crowning glory... often, unbeknownst to us. We may think we’re looking after our hair as best as we could, but at times they turn out to be a disservice to our hair.
For starters, hair goes through wear and tear daily, in more ways than one. What you consider hair care may actually be damaging to it.
To resolve this, a good place to start is understanding how we may be causing harm to it.
And for this, we’ve got you covered. Here are some ways you may be damaging your hair, and a few tips to turn it around.
by Mark Miller October 29, 2020
Nootropics are also called "smart drugs" and "cognitive enhancers." The theory holds that they help you think better, remember more, and be more alert, creative, focused, and motivated.
Whether you're near the end of your life and suffering from memory loss, in your middle years and needing to stay alert during that afternoon slump, or a college student needing to enhance your memory, nootropics can help.
They can also help people with ADHD, anxiety, and confused thought processes.
by Tina Sendin October 27, 2020
Blue light has been getting such a bad rap especially in the context of sleep. Many believe that blue light gets in the way of having a good night sleep and causes a lot of tossing and turning at night.
But what is blue light and where can you get it? Can it really keep you from sleeping well? If so, what’s the explanation behind it?
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