Hydration

Did you know? Water makes up more than half of your body – your body needs water to function at it’s best. Water helps regulate body temperature, lubricates joints, keeps tissues moist, protects body organs, helps to prevent constipation, helps to dissolve nutrients, makes up the majority of blood, etc.

Tips for staying hydrated:
– Keep a bottle of water with you during the day. Use a reusable bottle to save money and the environment.
– Mix it up by adding a lemon slice, a lime slice, or a zero calorie flavoring to your water.
– If you have trouble remembering to drink, start and end your day with a glass of water or drink on a schedule.
– Eat lots of fruits and vegetables; they are often high in water!
– Drink water when you go out to eat – its free!
– If outside working or exercising for long periods of time, try a low calorie sports drink to not only keep you hydrates but replenish any lost electrolytes.

Signs of Dehydration: You lose water when you go to the bathroom, sweat, and even when you breathe.
– Litte or no urine, or dark colored urine.
– Dry mouth
– Sleepiness or fatigue
– Extreme thirst
– Headache
– Confusion
– Feeling dizzy, weak or lightheaded
– Passing out

How much water do you need?
Basic: Aim for 7-8 cups of water per day. If your diet is rich in fruit and vegetables (which are high in water!) you may need less.
Advanced Formula: 0.5 x (weight in pounds) = daily fluid needs in ounces. There are 8 ounces per cup.

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2 responses to “Hydration

  1. Pam

    A friend of mine adds orange slices (after she washes the orange!!) to a pitcher of water and drinks that water all day. It is very refreshing.

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