July – Staying Hydrated
Some common symptoms of dehydration are: changes in the frequency and characteristics of your urine, increase in thirst, and cramping in your extremities while at rest. By ignoring the signs of dehydration you are exposing yourself to the possibilities of heat exhaustion or even heat stroke.
There are many ways that your body can lose the fluid that it needs to stay healthy. Here are some steps you can take to avoid dehydration.
Drink eight 8oz. glass of water a day
Drink the water at a slow consistent pace throughout the day to allow the water to absorb into your system. When working or exercising, make sure to drink more then the recommended daily intake to stay well hydrated.
Avoid drinks with caffeine, sugar and alcohol
These drinks are the three largest contributors to body dehydration. Decrease the amount of these types of liquids and increase the intake of water!! You can drink small amounts of liquids with electrolytes in them however be careful, most sports drinks contain electrolytes also contain a fair amount of sugar.
Dieting can tap water reserves
Beware of diets or supplements, including those that emphasize shedding “water weight” as a quick way to lose weight. Losing water weight is not the same thing as losing actual fat.
A person can dehydrate quickly without necessarily noticing it. Dehydration is when your body loses more water then it takes in. Your body is made up of approximately 70–75% water and it needs constant replenishment to stay healthy.