Now that we’ve (finally!) got some warmer weather, it is more important than ever to stay hydrated. The consequences of dehydration include increased fatigue, headaches, dizziness/lightheadedness, and mental confusion. This week’s Focus Point will highlight the benefits of staying hydrated, as well as provide strategies to ensure you are drinking enough water.
Did you know that human beings can survive up to six weeks without food, but could live no longer than a week without water?
- Facilitates the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to all cells in the body;
- Helps convert food into energy;
- Relieves joint pain;
- Makes up approximately 80% of the brain, 75% of muscles and 92% of blood.
So how much water should I drink?
It is important to remember that if you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. The minimum recommended daily water intake for adults is determined by dividing your total bodyweight by two (ex. 150 lbs. = 75 oz). If this seems like a lot, start by using our “less is more” strategy. Initially, set yourself up for success by committing to drink a realistic amount, then gradually increase your consumption until you’ve met your recommended amount.
Below are a few tips to ensure you are getting enough water every day:
- Set out the number of bottles you need to drink for the entire day. Don’t finish the day until you’ve finished all your bottles.
- Drink a glass of water before having coffee or tea in the morning.
- Replace high calorie beverages such as soda, juice, or alcohol with water.
- Have water with you as you eat a meal. Finish the water before finishing the meal (it might even help you with overeating).
- Put your water in a visible place such as your desk or car cup holder. If it’s out of sight, it’s probably out of mind.
For perhaps the first time in your life, take a few moments to assess your hydration strategy. With a little planning, you can be guaranteed to get enough of this essential nutrient. Let’s all give it our best effort this week and see what a difference it makes!