The Importance of Hydration

Proper hydration is essential to good health and optimum energy all year around and more specifically while exercising and during the hot summer season. The human body needs water to maintain normal body functions such as body temperature and flushing out toxins. Yet many times we don’t even know we are already in a state of dehydration until uncomfortable symptoms occur such as extreme thirst, fatigue, lightheadedness, headaches, and constipation just to name a few. It is important to drink before you feel thirsty and maintain a habit of drinking water throughout the day for better health.

hydration-benefitsHow much water should you drink during the day?

Well, it can vary depending on your body weight, level of physical activity in and outdoors and health conditions. The average recommendation is 6 to 8 8oz glasses per day but those with moderate to high levels of physical activity need to increase their water intake before, during and after exercise.

Recommendations for hydration while exercising:

  • 20 to 30 minutes before exercise: Drink at least 8 oz. of water
  • During exercise: Consume 7-10 oz. of water every 10-20 minutes
  • Within 30 minutes after exercising: Drink at least 8 oz. of water

It may be uncomfortable to drink what may seem like a lot of water for one day as you may feel full and have many trips to the bathroom, but once your body gets used to the adequate water intake you will feel more energized and your body will surely use up the fluids for better functioning.

Develop healthy habits to staying hydrated:

  • Keep a log of your water intake, aim for 6 to 8 glasses per day and schedule reminders to drink fluids.
  • Keep a reusable water bottle and drink from it throughout the day.
  • Keep your water fresh in cool or room temperature, whichever you like best.
  • Try out different natural flavorings for your water… cucumber-watermelon anyone?
  • Sodas and processed juices are not healthy replacements for water.
  • AVOID dehydration!

Dehy_SafecareIf dehydration occurs, seek help immediately, rest in a cool place and avoid any further exertion.

Speak to your doctor to find out more about adequate hydration habits to parallel your health condition and activity level.

Keep a well hydrated body for vitality and energy to enjoy the sunny season.

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