The Hydration Institute

Articles and advice about hydrating, curated by a team of Oxford scientists.

Why do I wake up with a headache?

There’s nothing worse than waking up and knowing within a few seconds that not all is well with our body. It could be a cold, it could be body soreness, or it could be a headache. The latter, headaches, is arguably the most frustrating condition to wake up with.
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The Most Common Causes of Thirst

Being thirsty is something we all experience on a daily basis; reaching for a gulp of water when you are working, exercising, or eating a meal isn’t that uncommon. These are all causes of thirst. However, have you been experiencing unusual volumes of thirst recently?
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The Fastest Muscle Cramp Treatment

Muscle cramp is never pleasant. Whether it strikes when you’re in bed or working out, it can have crippling consequences. It’s intense, uncomfortable, and many of us believe there’s no option but to wait it out. But, we’re here to tell you that might not be the case.
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8 ways to fix dehydrated skin

The human body is roughly 60% water while the skin is our biggest organ by far. Naturally, then, the links between dehydration and damaged skin are colossal. In fact, even a 1-2% dehydration level can take its toll on the body with the skin being one of the first body parts to show it.
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Can Dehydration Cause Diarrhea?

Can dehydration lead to diarrhea? Scientifically-speaking, diarrhea is an increased frequency and fluidity in our poop. But we really know it as an unfortunate inconvenience that restricts our ability to go about our day.
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How To Read Nutrition Labels

What we eat matters, but how aware are you of what you’re actually putting in your body? We know nutrition labels may seem intimidating, but don’t worry! We’ll walk you through how to read a nutrition label, so that you can get the most out of what you eat and drink.

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What Minerals are in Water?

If you ask a scientist “what is water?” they’ll probably tell you it’s the pure liquid form of the chemical H2O. The water we drink in our everyday lives, however, isn’t pure H2O. This doesn’t mean the water isn’t healthy. Quite the opposite, really. The impurities in our drinking water often include essential dietary minerals.
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5 Easy Tips for Maintaining your Wellness at Work

Maintaining your wellness is key to being your best self at work. Try these simple self-care tips to get ahead—and impress your boss.
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Home Remedies for Rehydration

Is proper rehydration possible at home? How do you rehydrate without an IV or an expensive sports drink? We’ve searched high and low for the best home remedies for dehydration so that you can get back to your best as soon as possible.
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Why Water Alone is not always Enough for Hydration

Doctors, nutritionists, and mothers everywhere agree that you should drink six to eight glasses of water a day to stay healthy and hydrated. Usually, this does the job and keeps our fluid levels in check. However, when our bodies are put under pressure by intense exercise or illness, we lose more than water.
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Dehydration and Kidney Stones

Dehydration increases your risk of developing, or repeatedly developing, kidney stones. This association emerged in scientific studies that looked at why certain occupations increased peoples’ risks of getting kidney stones.
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Dehydration and UTI

The evidence around hydration and UTIs is mixed at best. Each of the studies referenced have their own merits and limitations. However, most credible online resources list hydration as a prevention for UTIs or have dehydration as a risk factor for developing a UTI. Since drinking more fluids has numerous benefits, we’re siding with NHS Scotland in recommending proper hydration as an effective way to help ward off UTIs.
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What are the Signs of Dehydration in Children?

Dehydration in children can be easily missed. If missed and untreated, dehydration may lead to issues associated with circulation, imbalanced electrolytes, and out of whack blood pH. These potential side effects of improper hydration affect us all, but children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable.
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How to Tell if You're Dehydrated: The Signs of Dehydration

Your body has many ways to tell you that you’re dehydrated. Thirst is perhaps the most direct. You probably drink water a few times a day when your body prompts you to, but many of us don’t pay close enough attention to thirst. 

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Early signs and symptoms of dehydration

What are the common signs of dehydration? The first signs of dehydration are: Being Thirsty, Urinating less often than usual, Dark-coloured urine, Dry skin, Feeling tired, Dizziness and fainting, Dry armpits. Being thirsty is not actually a good early marker of dehydration. By the time you feel thirsty you will already be dehydrated.
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How long does it take to recover from dehydration?

Dehydration recovery time depends on how dehydrated you are. If you don’t treat dehydration by drinking water and in some cases taking on electrolytes in the right quantities, your dehydration will last indefinitely.
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What’s the fastest way to rehydrate?

What is the fastest way to rehydrate yourself? We look at intravenous methods and ORS, the two most potent methods of rehydration.
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The Best Way to Hydrate

Hydration is about balance. Balancing the level of water and electrolytes in your body. Imbalances can impact your cognition (mental performance), athletic performance, and even your moods.
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Dehydration and Migraines

Migraines are one of the most ubiquitous diseases and daily disablers, yet doctors are still a little baffled by them. That’s right, for one of the common causes of disability—the WHO found migraines to be the 6th highest cause worldwide of years lost to disability! Are dehydration and migraines linked or is it just a myth?
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10 ways to prevent waking up with a headache

Are you wondering how you can prevent waking up with a headache? Waking up with a headache prevents us from being our best. We'll tell all the ways to prevent this from happening.
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Always thirsty? 10 ways to prevent thirst

Why am I always thirsty? Hunger is a relatively straightforward bodily mechanism, with this sensation being dictated by the amount of food filling your stomach. As you digest the food you’ve already eaten, your tummy will slowly empty and ready itself for further consumption, and this will be reflected by the way you feel.
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How Hydrant Hydrates Fast

If you’ve read any of our blog you’ll know that proper hydration is one of the best hacks to being your best self. Getting your hydration back in check is a sure and speedy route to recovery after illness, exercise, or a big night out. But how can you rehydrate as fast and effectively as possible?
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Dry vs dehydrated skin: how to tell

Even if you’re not overly image or health conscious, keeping the skin in great condition is an ongoing priority in life. After all, its influence on your looks is huge while visible problems with the body’s largest organ are often indicative of underlying issues too. Poorly conditioned skin can be characterized by many features, but dryness and dehydration are the most common by far. How do I tell the difference between dry vs. dehydrated skin?
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Hydration and Exercise

We all know that hydration and exercise go hand in hand. But what’s going on inside our bodies, does hydration actually affect our athletic performance, and is hydration the key to recovery from strenuous exercise? We looked at the latest research to find out what’s really going on.
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Should I be drinking water before bed?

It’s widely known that you should drink water every day. Drinking water frequently and in the right amounts is key to avoiding the numerous health issues associated with dehydration. Yet as simple as drinking water is, it’s hard to do it right. Is drinking water before bed a good thing?
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Should I Be Drinking Lemon Water?

Are there any real benefits to drinking lemon water, or is it all just a fad? In this post, we’ll highlight a few reasons why people add lemon to their water, and if it’s something you should consider.
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5 Ways Travelers Get Dehydrated

As soon as you swap that desk chair for an airplane seat (even if the leg room is tiny), you begin to realize that vacation feels great. It provides a much-needed break from the general hustle-and-bustle of adulthood. It reinvigorates the body and mind, and is scientifically proven to boost productivity and resilience in the workplace.
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Why is my skin so dry?

‘Tis the season for dry winter skin. While we’re cuddling up to fireplaces and doning fluffy (—and dare I say ugly) sweaters, dry skin is there to ruin the festive mood. Before we resort to slathering our skin in lotion the texture of egg-nog, let’s backup to understand why our skin gets so dry in the winter. 

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Does Spicy Food Dehydrate You?

Ever feel thirsty and dehydrated after a spicy meal? Curry so spicy you’re sweating? Chili powder so strong you need to chug water? At Hydrant, we did the research to see if there’s any merit to the myth that eating spicy food is dehydrating. Here’s what we found.
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Dehydration and Blood Pressure

FUN FACT: water makes up 60% of our body weight! About two-thirds of that water weight comes from the water inside healthy cells. The remaining third of water either sits between your cells, or else travels around your body as part of blood.
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Dehydrated Skin Symptoms

Contrary to popular belief, dehydrated and dry skin aren’t the same. You may have similar symptoms from each, but there’s a key difference. While dehydrated skin is a lack of water in your skin, dry skin is a lack of natural oils in your skin. Think of it this way: dehydrated skin isn’t dry, in the same way that hydrated skin isn’t wet.
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Causes of Dehydration

Dehydration occurs when we lose more fluid from our bodies than we take in. Every day we each lose an average of 2.5 liters of fluids from our bodies through sweating, going to the toilet, and even breathing. Therefore, in order to stay hydrated, you need to consume at least 2.5 liters of fluids each day to replace what you’ve lost.
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Dehydration in the Elderly

Contrary to common sense, those with demanding routines and active lifestyles aren’t the only ones who can get dehydrated. The elderly are more at risk of dehydration, and with larger potential consequences, than their younger counterparts.
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Which drinking persona are you?

How do you avoid a hangover? Drinking alcohol is an activity that most adult Americans enjoy on some level. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (scary sounding!), 56% of Americans over 18 reported drinking in the past month, and 70% reported drinking in the past year.
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Waking up dehydrated

Ever wondered why you wake up dehydrated? You're not imagining it! There are a number of reasons why this happens. Here we break it down for you and tell you why you're waking up dehydrated (and give you solutions).
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Signs of Chronic Dehydration

Do you feel like you’re always thirsty? This may be a sign of chronic dehydration. Dehydration occurs when your body doesn’t have the water it needs. When this occurs continuously over a long period of time, you may have chronic dehydration.
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Does Caffeine Dehydrate you? And Our Commitment to You

Part of our commitment to you is to clearly explain the science behind our products in terms that are easy to understand. Academia hasn’t always been great at communicating their research to the rest of the population, so we’d like to be your guides in hydration science.
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