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Are you tired during the day? Here is a little secret to help you wake up.

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Hydration

 

Why is it important?

Your body needs it to function. Every part of your body needs water to work correctly. Your body uses water to maintain a normal temperature, lubricate joints, and remove waste.

How do you lose water?

Did you know that water makes up half of your body weight? You lose water when you breathe, exercise, and when you go to the bathroom. You lose water even faster when it is really hot outside, have a fever, vomit or have diarrhea. When people have the flu, they can become dehydrated really fast and need medical attention.

Signs and symptoms of dehydration –

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Dark urine
  • Little or no urine
  • Increased thirst
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Crying without any tears

Who is at risk?

  • Exercising at high intensity
  • Certain medical conditions
  • Sick
  • Older adults

 Increase your water intake if you:

  • Kidney stones, bladder infection
  • Breastfeeding, pregnant
  • Outside in hot weather
  • Exercising
  • Fever
  • Vomiting or have diarrhea
  • Trying to lose weight

How much water should I drink during the day?

  • 8 glasses/day (some people may need only 6 while others may need 10)

What about sports drinks?

If you are planning for exercising for more than an hour at a high intensity, then you might need a sports drink that contains carbohydrates and electrolytes.

Hydration Tips –

  • Keep a bottle of water with you during the day
  • Try adding a slice of lemon or other fruit to your water
  • Drink before, during, and after a workout
  • Thirst is often mistaken as hunger.
  • Drink when you wake up, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and when you go to bed

When you are thirsty, there is a good chance you are already dehydrated!

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