When you think about water, what comes to mind? You start thinking, eight glasses a day, boring flavor or I know it helps my body in some way. Its just not enough for you to put a priority on it as you go about your daily routines. You may not realize the importance until you are dehydrated and start feeling some of the effects. Water helps turn food into energy and removes waste from our bodies. It also acts as a cushion around our organs and helps to regulate our body temperature. To help keep your body feeling best, set hydration goals that are right for you and be aware of signs of dehydration.
Dehydration: What to watch out for:
- Pale Skin
- Heavy sweating
- Increased body temperature
- Fast pulse and breathing
Don’t focus on 8 glasses a day!
The fact is hydration must be individualized based on exercise, environment, overall health and if pregnant or breastfeeding. Limit alcohol, sugary, carbonated and caffeinated beverages. Focus on plain or infused water, milk, 100% fruit juice (no more than 6 ounces) or low-sodium vegetable juices. If you’re not a fan of plain water you can add different berries, lemon or lime and/or herbs like mint to your glass, pitcher or infuser.
Tips for Hydration
First things first, start each day with a glass of water, it will help start your hydration goals for the day one sip at time. Our days seem to pass quickly, make sure to fill up a water bottle and carry it with you throughout to the day. If working or you are going to be gone for most of the day, bring a larger container that you can refill your cup or bottle with. Don’t less access be a reason not to meet your hydration goals. Aim for a glass of water 30 minutes before meals and remember anytime spent outdoors make sure to hydrate before, during and after. By balancing your fluids throughout the day, you will look and feel your best, ready to conquer the day!