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Keep Yourself Hydrated Every Day

Hydration is important for each person whether they are old or young to be healthy. Without the right amount of water each day, your body becomes dehydrated, which means that your body does not have the correct amount of water and will not work properly. Water is lost from your body each day by going to the bathroom, breathing, sweating, crying and even sleeping. Staying hydrated can be more difficult when you exercise, have a fever, or if it is hot outside because your body losses more water in these conditions. Knowing the ways water is lost from the body can help prevent you from becoming dehydrated.

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding must make hydration a priority. Dehydration during pregnancy leads to preterm labor or miscarriage. Water is needed for the body to produce milk for the baby. Without the right amount of water, breastfeeding can be challenging because of inadequate amount of milk and poor flow.

Children also need to be careful about dehydration. Kids are very vulnerable to the effects of dehydration because they lose water faster because of their little bodies. As they play they lose water. Parents need to supply them with water and juice before and after play to maintain hydration.

As we age, it is even more important to keep hydrated because the aging body “dries out”. Dehydration leads to constipation, confusion, nose bleeds, itchy skin, headache, repeat urinary tract infections, and the build-up of toxins in the body. Poor hydration weakens the body’s immune system which leads to wrinkles and illness.

How do you know if you are dehydrated?

• What color is your urine? Pale yellow indicates good hydration. Darker urine, indicates need for more water.

• Dry mouth

• Sleepiness

• Headache

• Confusion

• Feeling Dizzy

• Crying but without tears

There are several ways to prevent becoming dehydrated throughout the day. One way is to carry a reusable bottle of water with you. It is important to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to maintain good hydration. If you do not like the taste of plain water, adding a slice of lemon or lime, or carrying flavored drink packets will help make drinking water more enjoyable. Eating food that contains a lot of water is a good way to hydrate. Fruits like watermelon, oranges and grapes and vegetables like peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes are a good source of water. Choose water instead of other beverages when out to eat. If you are exercising, drinking water before, during and after working out is very important to hydration. Drinking on a schedule is a good way to stay hydrated if you are having trouble remembering to drink water. Lastly, if you begin and end your day with a glass of water you will be starting and ending your day by hydrating yourself!