Thirsty? Why Staying Hydrated Matters
Are you thirsty more than you care to admit?
We need water to survive. All of the body’s cells, tissues, and organs require water to function. Water helps the body maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate joints. Drink up – water is essential for optimal health.
How do we lose water?
Did you know that water accounts for more than half of our body weight? When we visit the bathroom, sweat, and breathe, we lose water. When we’re working out, when it’s hot and sweaty outside, and when we’re sick – we lose water more rapidly. It’s important to replace the water we lose, or we can become dehydrated.
Make sure to consume enough water. Experts suggest 6-8 eight ounce glasses daily. If you feel any of the following symptoms, you might just be dehydrated, according to FamilyDoctor.org.
- Dry mouth
- Sleepiness or fatigue
- Extreme thirst
- Feeling confused, dizzy or lightheaded
- No tears when crying
- Little or no urine, or urine that’s darker than normal
Water is a Great Workout Partner
- Carry a reusable water bottle with you during the day.
- Drink water before, during, and after a workout.
- When you’re feeling hungry, drink water. Drink water as part of any weight-loss plan.
- Set up a water schedule. For example, drink at at meals, or every hour or two hours.
What’s your plan for staying hydrated?
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