Monday, April 11, 2011

Dehydration - Do you know the signs?

60 - 70% (estimated) of the body is made up of water.
I have read that 75 - 90% of the brain is made up of water.

If that is the case. We should really be drinking more water right?

As the tempatures start rising (I think we missed Spring here in Florida - 90+ today!) we need to really be thinking about keeping ourselves hydrated. A good way to figure out how much water you should be drinking is take your weight & divide it in half. That is the number of ounces of water you should be drinking per day (atleast).

Some of the signs of mild dehydration are: muscle & joint pain, lower back pain, headaches, constipation. Also, your urine shoudln't be bright yellow. If you are drinking enough water it will be pale. Also, the obvious symptom would be thirst. By this time though you are already very dehyrated. Weakness, dizziness, inability to sweat.

Many say they just don't like water. There are many things you can do like adding lemon or lime to it.

Herbal teas are another way to get the water but having a taste to it. It's natural too and there are SO many yummy flavors out there now and very few need sweeteners.

Just a few things to keep in mind during these warm months. Try to carry a bottle of water around with you and just keep sipping at it. Getting your water intake during the day really isn't as hard as it seems. Yes you will be making more trips to the bathroom but really you are essentially cleaning yourself out!

Here are some other benefits of drinking more water: Weight loss, clearer complexion, our blood, bones, brain, organs (including skin) all consist of water! Do you want to deprive ANY of those from their main ingredient?

So, cut out that soda & other high sugar/calorie drinks & try this one that God put here just for us. I bet you'll be happy you did!!

Be Blessed & Healthy!!

PS - I realized going "cold turkey" from some drinks may cause headaches, etc. Try it little by little and pretty soon you will realize you are drinking more water all day long and feeling so much better for it!!

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