Hydrate Well to Be Well

Did you know that nearly 2/3 of the human body is made up of water?  Body water content varies person-to-person based on age, gender, and fitness level and is necessary for many of our bodily functions.

Water helps maintain blood volume; it helps lubricate joints and body tissues such as those in the mouth, eyes and nose. And, it is essential for maintaining a healthy weight. Water is sugar free, caffeine free, and calorie free – so there should always be room in your diet for it.

Dehydration – occurs when more fluids are being lost than ingested. At the point when most people begin to feel thirsty, they’ve already lost 2-3% of their body’s water. Even before thirst kicks in to let you know you’re becoming dehydrated – mental performance and physical coordination can become impaired at as little as 1% dehydration.

If you’re not drinking enough fluids, dehydration can cause:

  • Your body to stop sweating
  • Body temperature to rise quickly
  • Gastrointestinal distress
  • Fluid and electrolyte imbalances
  • Heat cramps
  • Heat exhaustion or heat stroke
  • Maximum aerobic performance to decrease

It is especially important to make sure that you’re drinking enough fluids during warm weather and while exercising. Make sure you carry water with you wherever you go – in a reusable water bottle (washed every day in hot soapy water) or a camel back that can easily be attached to the back of a wheelchair.

Children and teenagers should aim to drink 6-8 cups of water per day and a half to two cups every 15-20 minutes while exercising. Avoid offering children energy or sports drinks and vitamin waters filled with sugars, artificial colourings/flavourings, instead offer water.

Try: Coconut water is a delicious and natural source of sugars and electrolytes that your body needs after a hard exercise. It has fewer calories, less sodium, and more potassium than sports drinks. Check the ingredients to ensure that no sugar or artificial flavouring has been added and limit to one container per day.

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