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Did You Know...
... that our brains consist of 90% of water and our bones consist of 22% of water?
So that's why it's so important to stay hydrated. While the weather outside is starting to creep up the towards the hot, hotter, and hottest days of the year it is super important that water stays a part of our everyday diet.
If so much of our bodies consist of so much water then it just makes good sense that we need to keep replenishing our supply. If we start to run low on our reserves then that can lead to dehydration and here are some of the side effects we may feel:
- Muscle Cramps
- Irregular blood-pressure
- Kidney troubles
- Dry Skin
- 20% dehydration could lead to death - for reals!
Thankfully water is a pretty inexpensive staple to keep in your home. Drinking eight 8 oz. servings a day should keep you where you need to be healthwise. It really helps your skin retain its moisture and helps keep your body regular in eliminating wastes through either sweat, bowel movements, or urination.
How do I know if I'm drinking enough water?
Great question. Here are a few tell tale signs that you need to up your intake:
- Dark Urine - it should not appear cloudy or look like apple juice. Rather it should appear as lemonade. Pretty clear and more on the mellow yellow side. Also, it should not smell strongly of anything. Any foul odored urine needs to be addressed. Start by upping your drinky poo of water and if that doesn't help then by all means head straight to your Doc.
- Dry Skin - if you are walking around looking like a California Raisin then you just might be dehydrated.
- Thirst - you feel parched all the time? Don't reach for the nearest soda or pop - depending on where you're from - instead reach for a bottle of the clear stuff. It's your body signaling you that something is missing. If you get to the point of feeling as thirsty as a dog, then you are already on your way to being dehydrated so just stay on top of that as the day rolls on.
- Hunger - sometimes that pang in your belly might not mean that it's time for an afternoon snack. Drink one glass of water and see how you feel after that.
- Fatigue - if you are feeling sluggish then by all means drink some water because that is a really simple way to get some energy infused into your system quickly.
I hope you get to put some of these things if not all into practice. A few years ago on Oprah I heard a Dr. or some other know-it-all say that the key to getting the most out of your water is to drink it slowly. Like drink one whole glass over the course of one hour. That works for me!
I am currently in the market for a cooler small enough to fit in the back of our van so that we are never without a cold bottle of H2O. How do you guys remember to drink water throughout the day? Any techniques or suggestions?