Feel­ing Drained

Here’s the cure to your never-end­ing ex­haus­tion

Women's Health (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - BY BERNE BROUDY AND ALICE EL­LIS

In that great big list en­ti­tled “Things that suck a lit­tle bit more for women than they do for men” there is – some­where be­tween hav­ing chil­dren and hair re­moval – a sur­prise en­try. It turns out that be­ing the pos­ses­sor of an ex­tra X chro­mo­some also com­pli­cates mat­ters when it comes to hy­dra­tion. We not only feel the ef­fects – like headaches, flag­ging en­ergy lev­els and ir­ri­tabil­ity – more than men do (we al­ways knew our hang­overs were worse), but re­search shows that even when women drink flu­ids and stick to the stan­dard rec­om­men­da­tions, it still may not be enough to com­bat your anatom­i­cal drought. To give you an idea of the grav­ity of it all, know this: if you’re de­hy­drated by just four per­cent, your per­for­mance at the gym suf­fers by 20 to 30 per­cent, ac­cord­ing to Clin­ics in Sports Medicine.

Yep, hav­ing a vagina is thirsty work.

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