For many, the weekend is a time we fall off track. The weekend is also when most…
As it gets colder, I drink less water if I’m not paying attention, and I think many women do the same, but we can’t forget to drink water.
Your body is over two-thirds water!
Proper hydration is needed to transport all the nutrients, hormones, and wastes through our bodies. Some of us may be dehydrated and not even know it!
Here are 5 Facts to Know About Staying Hydrated
- Thirst pains are real. Chronic joint pain, headaches, and gastric ulcers can often be signs of dehydration.
- If you are tired, you may be dehydrated. A study conducted by Loughborough University found that a mere 5% drop in water levels in the body could cause a 25-30% loss in energy.
- Allergies & asthma can be linked to dehydration. Chronic dehydration triggers a histamine release in asthma sufferers that leads to inflammation and bronchial constriction.
- Chlorinated water can mess with our digestion. Chlorine is a skin irritant, pro-oxidant, and destroyer of friendly micro flora and stomach acid. Lack of stomach acid can cause acid-reflux and when our healthy gut flora is wiped out we may suffer from bloating and slower digestion.
- How much water do I need? The amount of water each person needs is individual to their health and lifestyle choices. However, a good rule of thumb is to take your body weight in pounds and divide by 2. Drink this number in ounces of water each day. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you need at least 75 ounces of water per day.
<i “=”” data-redactor-tag=”i”>Consider adding electrolytes to your water so that it gets absorbed into the body’s cells.
<i “=”” data-redactor-tag=”i”>Something like LMNT (raw flavored) works well. You can buy that easily, on line. You can also search recipes, but avoid drinks (like Gatorade) and recipes with added sugar and artificial colors.