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Energy Secrets: Why You’re Tired for No Reason

I arrived to Costa Rica on Thursday and I must say that I love to be back here.

When I left Montreal the city was literally buried under a ton of snow. We were hit by one of the biggest snow storms of the last few years and certainly arriving to tropical Costa Rica was a treat.

I’ll be here until mid-April or so and will keep on sending you my newsletters and e-mail tips from here, as usual. The fact that I can work from anywhere in the world is a true blessing.

The high season is starting here and many tourists are starting to come and because I’ve been sending some Health tips recently, I want to talk about one thing that I see too many people doing when they come to the tropics… and when they stay at home as well.

My health tip is “Learn to Know When You’re Dehydrated”

I would say that most people are living in a state of more or less constant dehydration, and are not aware of it.

When winter comes, they are drinking even less than usual, although their body is crying for more water.

When people travel to Hawaii or Costa Rica, they may even start to feel extremely tired for no reasons. In many cases, this is simply caused by dehydration.

Here’s how you can tell if you’re dehydrated or you’re consuming enough water:

1- You’re going to the bathroom fewer than 8 times in a 24 hour period. Ideally, you want to go 8 to 10 times. If you’re going less than 6 times, you’re getting pretty dehydrated.

2- Urine is anything but completely clear.

3- Urine volume is scanty or what is called “not satisfactory”

4- You start getting tired and when you drink water energy picks up.

Drink more than you think you need to.

If you’re consuming lots of raw fruits and vegetables, you’re already getting more water than most people.

But sometimes that’s not enough.

What I do every single morning is drink about half a liter to a liter of water (500-1000 ml.) with some lime juice.

So learn to recognize when you’re dehydrated according to the criteria I gave you above. Those are the main ones.

Drink more water, even though it’s winter time.

Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude

Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.


Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.