Feeling Tired? Sore Muscles? Perhaps you are DEHYDRATED!
Water is so important. Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to function. The human body will not survive long without water, so not surprisingly, there are many benefits to keeping your body well-hydrated.
Are You Getting Enough Water?
6-8 8-ounce glasses is a reasonable goal and is recommended. Although some fruit juices, milk and sodas may contribute to hydration, water is the BEST option. Many sodas and energy drinks contain high amounts of caffeine, which actually contributes dehydration, so they are best to avoid. Sports drinks are good after long exhausting activity, or activities lasting longer than an hour, but are not necessary for normal, day-to-day hydration. Most often, your best option is plain water. If you want to add flavor to your water, try adding a slice of your favorite fruit!
Symptoms of Dehydration
-Dry Mouth -Confusion/Lack of Focus -Fatigue
Tips to Stay Well Hydrated
-Carry a reusable water bottle with you during your day
-Drink water before, during and after every workout
-Drink water with every meal during the day
-When you feel hungry, drink water. Often thirst can be mistaken for hunger -Drink water when at a restaurant
-Add lemon or lime for flavor
Important Benefits of Water
-Keeps skin healthy and clear
-Weight loss, helps to burn fat
-Flushes toxins out of the body
-Carries oxygen and nutrients to the cells and muscles -Decreases fatigue
-Regulates body temperature
-Take away a headache
- Decrease appetite