Are you drinking enough water?

We've been told to drink enough water every day. But why?

Water is crucial to the body.  Each cell, tissue and organ in your body has water which is why getting enough each day is important to your health.  Water helps your body by:

  • Maintaining a normal temperature
  • Lubricating and cushioning joints
  • Protecting the spinal cord and other sensitive tissues
  • Getting rid of wastes through urination, perspiration and bowel movements

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, states that most of our hydration needs are met through the water and beverages you drink.  You also get fluids through some of the foods you eat.  Broth soups, celery, tomatoes, oranges, and melons are 85 to 95 percent water and all contribute to hydrating your body.      

During hot, dry windy days, especially if you are doing vigorous physical activity, make the effort to drink more fluids; and water is usually the best choice.  Water doesn’t add calories to your diet and is great for everyone’s health no matter what the age.   Feeling thirsty is an indicator of dehydration, but it is not an early warning sign. By the time you feel thirsty, you might already be dehydrated.  Other symptoms of dehydration include feeling dizzy and lightheaded, having a dry or sticky mouth and producing less and darker urine. 

You’ll stay hydrated if you drink water and other healthy beverages several times a day, eat fruits and vegetables which contain water and by drinking extra water when it's hot out and you are involved in vigorous activity.  For more information, visit Fit Facts, Healthy Hydration from the American Council on Fitness.   Please note that if you have fluid restrictions due to a health condition, follow the instructions from your healthcare provider regarding the amount of fluids you need each day.

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