The Importance of Hydration

October 11th, 2021

The warm days of summer may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean it’s not just as important to stay hydrated. As the temperature cools down, it might become less instinctual to drink water throughout the day but there are many reasons and ways to make sure this doesn’t happen.

Reasons to Drink Water
● Prevent constipation and kidney stones
● Increased energy, concentration
● Improve mood and sleep
● Aids our livers and kidneys in removing toxins
● Prevents blood clots

Signs You’re Not Getting Enough Water
● Frequent, mild headaches*
● Feelings of anxiety, moodiness, or trouble concentrating*
● Feeling light headed or fatigued *
● Dark colored urine- urine should be pale yellow in color (like lemonade), not straw colored or darker (like apple juice)

● Not having the urge to pee throughout the day, when our fluid level is enough, our kidneys should produce 30 mL of urine every hour which means you should have the urge to pee every 3-4 hours
* all of these could also be signs of more serious health concerns and should be discussed with a doctor

How to Drink More Water
● Carry a water bottle with you wherever you go, if you make it convenient to drink, you’ll do it more often
● Try flavored water or seltzer water. Avoid added sugar but adding fresh fruit or herbs can add a refreshing pop of flavor
● Make it a habit to drink a full glass of water either first thing when you wake up or before you go to bed
● If you drink soda, juice, or energy drinks, try replacing at least one a day with a glass of water instead
● Eat foods that have a high water content- cucumber, watermelon, celery, tomatoes, etc.

 

By: Cassie Zehenny