Yawning at your desk or on your drive home? You probably just need a glass of water.
Fatigue is one of the most common complaints I see at Parsley Health, but figuring out the cause can be tough sometimes. An unhealthy diet, chronic stress, and poor sleep are the most common causes of fatigue.
What if you are eating a plant-based, whole foods diet, managing your stress well, exercising regularly, and still have trouble crawling out of bed in the morning or have that midafternoon slump? You could be suffering from chronic dehydration.
This is often an overlooked cause of fatigue by medical professionals—and one that is easily fixed. Research has shown that even mild dehydration can cause fatigue. A small study published in the Journal of Nutrition tested 25 women who were optimally hydrated or mildly dehydrated on mood, concentration, and mental skills. Mild dehydration is defined as 1.5 percent loss of normal water body volume.