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Friday, May 22, 2015

Summer is here - Are we drinking enough water?



Fretting about summer? Well guess what – it’s already here, and it’s not quite so bad, is it? Yes, the weather might be warmer than is ideal. There are a great many things to keep you healthy all day but keeping yourself hydrated in the most important of all,

Without food we can live about a month, but no water will survive up to three days. When you do not drink enough water each cell and each organ in our body suffers.

If not feeling thirsty sometimes we do not drink more than one glass of water a day. This does not mean that we do not need or do not need to drink more water. All this confusion in the body can be due to disrupted regulation of hormones that regulate the sensation of hunger (leptin) and sensation of thirst (vasopressin). This is important to build the habit of drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day, at least 30 minutes before or after eating. It is better to start in the morning cleaning the body.

Getting enough water strengthens the body and helps to fight viruses encountered. This extremely valuable liquid is extremely effective when we want to clean your body of toxins. Water helps even for good digestion and reducing overweight.

Dehydration

Dehydration is a condition that occurs when the loss of body fluids, mostly water, exceeds the amount that is taken in. With dehydration, more water is moving out of our cells and bodies than what we take in through drinking.

We lose water every day in the form of water vapor in the breath we exhale and in our excreted sweat, urine, and stool. Along with the water, small amounts of salts are also lost.

When we lose too much water, our bodies may become out of balance or dehydrated. Severe dehydration can lead to death.

Try to get people who are dehydrated (even those who have been vomiting) to take in fluids in the following ways:

  • Sipping small amounts of water
  • Drinking carbohydrate/electrolyte-containing drinks. Good choices are sports drinks such as Gatorade or prepared replacement solutions.
  • Sucking on popsicles made from juices and sports drinks
  • Sucking on ice chips
  • Sipping through a straw (works well for someone who has had jaw surgery or mouth sores)

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