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Stay Hydrated This Summer

August 24, 2014

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                With so many options of beverages to drink now a days, water is still the healthiest option out there for our health. Why is water so important? For several reasons.

                The human body is approximately 70 percent water. We lose water through perspiration, aspiration and respiration. This water needs to be replenished or else you become dehydrated, which can lead to nausea, headaches, dizziness, disorientation, fatigue, sluggishness, abdominal cramps, muscle cramps, and dry mouth.

                Water has several functions within the body. Water transports nutrients to your cells, removes waste products and toxins, assists in chemical and metabolic reactions, regulates body temperature, lubricates joints, acts as a shock absorber for eyes, brain and spinal cord. When your water is depleted cellular function decreases and the body has to reduce function to conserve water. This can make it hard to concentrate, cause disorientation, and dizziness.

                Everyone’s heard that you need to drink 8, 8 ounce glasses of water a day, and for some people this may be adequate. However the average person should really drink 9 cups of water a day. And people, who are overweight, live in high altitudes; work in extremely hot weather or exercise a lot may need more. You also need to increase your water intake during the summer months. Not so much because it’s hot, but because of the increase in volume of sweat. For every pound of water lost through sweat, drink 24 ounces to replenish it.

                Some food and drinks act as diuretic and draw water from your body such as caffeine and soda. But not all food is bad, rather water in food accounts for about 20 percent of one’s water needs and its just as food as drinking a glass. No matter how you get your water, it is essential to drink water daily. The human body cannot store excess water; it just expels it out through urination. To avoid any dehydration symptoms drink water regularly throughout the day regardless of season. And if you’re concerned about your water intake the easiest and quickest way to check if you’re dehydrated is through the frequency and color of your urination.