How to not be cranky

Everyone has their “moments.” Even Karen and I.

Sometimes, I catch myself being short tempered, or even rude. Maybe I haven’t gotten enough sleep, or I’m stressed out.

But if you find yourself a little touchy, or scattered, it could be your body telling you something.

We’ve all heard of being “hangry.” (Hungry + Angry.)

If your food tank is low, you’re more susceptible to mood swings.

But what if your WATER tank isn’t full?

Turns out, even mild dehydration impacts your mood, and your ability to think.

It’s no wonder. Our brains are as much as 80% water.

Studies have shown that mild dehydration produces lower alertness, fatigue, confusion and less happiness.

But the good news is, your body can correct the situation quickly.

It takes only minutes for these issues to be reversed. It only takes 5 minutes from glass to bloodstream.

If you want to see if you’re dehydrated, you can test yourself. Here’s how it works:

  1. Empty your bladder.
  2. Drink 3 cups of clean water.
  3. Wait one hour.
  4. Then, measure how much you pee out.

If after an hour, you urinate less than a cup, you were likely dehydrated. More than a cup, you’re topped off and in the “good” range.

The simplest thing to do is keep some water with you, by your side. And make a conscious effort to drink it throughout the day.

Just don’t use the “good” measuring cup for your pee test. (Trust me on this.)

God Bless,

Jeff Reagan
Editor, Patriot Health Alliance

P.S. One other thing I just learned. The temperature of the water you drink can impact how quickly it is absorbed in your body. Turns out, cold water gets pulled into your system 20% faster than room temperature. All the more reason to keep clean, fresh water in your fridge. And this is a great way to do that.

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