Spring is finally here, meaning more time outside, seeing friends, and more outdoor activities. As the weather warms up, most Australians will forget one important thing: staying hydrated.
In fact, studies actually show that 80% of Australians suffer from dehydration on a daily basis, and while it’s extremely common, the symptoms can present differently in everybody.
What is Dehydration?
Dehydration occurs when your body loses more fluid than what it’s taking in, and your body doesn’t have enough fluid to carry out normal functions. If lost fluids aren’t replaced, you will become dehydrated. Mild dehydration can cause issues with your blood pressure, heart rate, and body temperature, while severe dehydration can cause weakness, and confusion and even lead to serious health problems.
Here are five signs that you may be dehydrated:
Water improves and stabilises the levels of moisture in your skin. It allows your natural oils to function properly and moisturise your skin, instead of leaving it over-oily or super dry.
When you’re hydrated, your skin’s elasticity is performing at its best. To test your elasticity, gently pinch your skin and note if it bounces back or not. If it doesn’t, this may mean that you’re dehydrated and need to drink more water to plumpen your skin cells back up.
If you’re experiencing dry, unhealthy skin, try substituting your water with our new Collagen Tea. This blend has been naturopath-formulated with bushfoods and other ingredients including collagen peptides, rosehip, Davidson Plum, and Lemon Myrtle, to help hydrate the skin and leave you glowing.
Poor Concentration & Altered Mental State
Studies conducted by the National Institute of Health found that even the mildest cases of dehydration can have a significant impact on your cognitive function and mood. Alertness, concentration and short-term memory functions can all become impaired when your body doesn’t have enough fluids to function properly.
Try rehydrating your body and mind with a brain-boosting blend. Our new Focus Tea is naturopath-formulated with native bushfoods and traditional herbal medicines including bacopa, ginkgo, Quandong and ginseng, which can help to improve concentration, enhance attention span and boost cognitive performance. Not to mention, it tastes amazing too!
Low Energy Levels & Fatigue
Feeling more tired and exhausted as the weather gets warmer? Dehydration may be to blame. Water helps to maintain electrolyte levels and transport nutrients and oxygen to your cells, both of which have a direct effect on our energy. If you’re dehydrated, your body is unable to carry out these specific functions and you’ll feel more tired. Studies found that people who lost just 2%-3% of their body fluid weight feel almost twice as exhausted as those who are hydrated.
Support your body’s hydration and naturally increase your energy levels with our delicious berry-flavoured Native Strawberry Tea. This blend has been naturopath-formulated with ingredients such as Strawberry Gum Leaf, Rosella, and freeze-dried strawberries and mint, to create a delicious family-friendly blend that can help support hydration and energy.
Fluctuating blood pressure
55% of your blood is liquid, meaning that when you’re dehydrated your blood volume decreases, leading to low blood pressure and feelings of dizziness. However, dehydration can also cause hypertension in the body. When cells need more water, your brain tends to step in and tell your body to constrict its blood vessels, leading to high blood pressure.
Rosella Hibiscus has been traditionally used as a way to lower blood pressure, and blood sugar levels, and help with detoxifying the body. Try this delicious flower in our Native Detox Tea, naturopath-formulated with ingredients that can help gently support gut health and detoxify the body.
Even the mildest cases of dehydration can cause headaches and potentially trigger migraines. When you’re dehydrated, your brain loses water and it temporarily shrinks, along with your blood vessels. The pain you experience can actually be due to your nerve endings being stretched. Lower serotonin production can also occur due to a lack of fluid intake, which can also lead to headaches.
Our Native Relief Tea contains Native Lemongrass, a native ingredient that’s been found by the University Of South Queensland to be as effective as aspirin in relieving pain. This blend also helps to rehydrate your body and relieve muscle pain.
How to Stay Hydrated & Fight Dehydration
We recommend swapping your water intake for nourishing herbal tea. Our collection of naturopath-formulated blends will not only ensure you stay hydrated throughout the day, they’ll also give your body nourishing, medicinal benefits from the combination of bushfoods and other ingredients.
Shop our collection of Roogenic Tea today.