Water is essential to our health and to living a health lifestyle. Yet, until our thirst mechanism kicks in it’s easy to forget to drink it. Unfortunately, at this point we’re already dehydrated. Hum, I wonder if I’m dehydrated? Are my kids?
It’s not easy to tell if you’re dehydrated or dehydrating. Things to look for are a headache, feeling weak, and the color of your urine to name a few. You’re probably aware of these indicators, but did you know when you’re feeling hungry you may be dehydrated? Yep, it’s true.
It’s not an intuitive connection: I’m thirsty so I feel hungry. But knowing it helps us remember we should – drink water before we reach for the satiating food. We may find we’re not hungry at all.
I’ve just finished swimming laps, in an outdoor pool, and though I’m not thirsty, I’m starving. Am I really though? If I were a betting woman I’d put money on my body needing water. Exercise in the heat of the day would be cause enough to drink. Add to that the cold beer I’ll enjoy with my meal and there’s even reason to rehydrate.
The holiday sun, exercise and poolside delights have upped my daily water requirement from 8-10 8 oz glasses of water a day to 16-20 glasses.
Wow, that’s a lot of water. I’d best get drinking. I wouldn’t want a headache or any of the side effects of dehydration. As I hit the send button, I’m ordering a large 1 liter bottle of water that I’ll be sure to down before anything else hits my lips. And I’ll sip water throughout the day to help stay hydrated.
Just one note here. I’m going to drink water not an electrolyte replacement drink. Water is a natural hydrating drink. It contains no sugar and is all your body needs. Here in the tropics, the best natural electrolyte hydrator is a fresh green coconut. I’ll have that later.
It’s easy to drink other stuff, but choosing to drink water instead of or along side our other drink options will help us feel energized and stay hydrated.
How much water do you drink a day?
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