Water is essential to our health and well being. Adequate hydration will: Enhance digestion & metabolism; boost brain function; regulate body temperature; transport nutrients, oxygen, enzymes & glucose to the cells; remove toxins and other metabolic waste from the body; cushion joints & strengthen muscles; and, provide natural moisture to the skin and other tissues.
Signs of dehydration include achy joints & muscles, fatigue, headaches, dry skin, dizziness & nausea—and in extreme cases, death.
The amount of water we each need varies greatly based on our physical activity, climate zone, illness, medication, hormone changes and poor nutrition.
However—as our bodies are about 70% water, a good starting guideline for “how much”— is a 1/2 ounce of water per pound of our weight per day. The most important glass? The first two of the morning before a coffee, tea or anything else. Why? Our bodies used water reserves to function throughout the night and to digest our last meal of the prior evening. As most people lose about two pounds of water between morning and night— awaking and drinking 16-32 ounces before consuming anything else, will replenish this essential lost water.
If your day includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, you’ll need less water throughout the day. However, if you notice yourself feeling too hungry during the day, it could be that you’re dehydrated…not really hungry. Reach for a big glass of water first. IF you’re still hungry after a glass or two, reach for a healthy meal.
Don’t wait until you’re dehydrated! Easy tip: If your urine is dark yellow (instead of pale) and if you don’t urinate every 2-3 hours during the day— it’s quite likely you’re dehydrated. Now…go drink a big glass of water!
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