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Friday, June 23, 2017

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is very important. Our bodies depend on water to survive. Every cell, tissue and organ in our bodies need water to work. Everything from regulating temperature, removing waste and lubricating joints requires good hydration.

Because our bodies require water we should make a habit of drinking it every day. It has been advised that an average of 6 to 8 8oz. glasses of water should be enjoyed every day. Drinking water and other fluids when thirsty will help keep normal individuals hydrated. Some may require less than 8 glasses others may need more. One good test to see if you are drinking enough is the color of our urine. The darker in color the more dehydrated one is.

Water is best but other drinks and foods can help us stay hydrated. The problem is that many drinks offer extra calories and sugar as well. Fruit and vegetable juices, milk, teas, coffee, and soda can help us stay hydrated. For normal individuals a few cups of caffeinated drink should not hurt us, however, it is best to limit them. Foods such as watermelon, tomatoes, and lettuce can help put water back in our bodies.

Useful tips to stay hydrated include:
keeping a bottle of water in possession. Using a reusable water bottle can help cut down in cost.
A slice of lemon or lime offers some excitement to plain water
water is a known appetite suppressant.
put your self on a drink schedule. taking a drink when you wake up, at meal times and before going to bed will help you stay hydrated
water is normally free at restaurant so order it to stay hydrated rather than your regular drink

Signs of de-hydration include:
little or no urine
urine that is dark in color
dry mouth
sleepiness or fatigue
extreme thirst
dizziness or light headiness
no tears when crying

It is important not to wait til you see symptoms to take action. Prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of water

People who exercise at high intensity or in hot weather, those with medical conditions, people who are sick, pregnant or breastfeeding women, those trying to lose weight, and older adults may all be more susceptible to dehydration.

Our bodies use up lots of water and because our bodies are more than 1/2 of your body weight it is important to re-hydrate. Going to bathroom and sweating are just 2 ways our bodies use water. In the summer time our bodies will need more water than normal. Replacing the water you use or lose is very important so that our bodies do not get dehydrated.

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