Did you know you are more than HALF water? Over 55% of the adult body is comprised of water, and you would die within seven days of not consuming fluids (versus two weeks survival time without food).
So, why is water so important, anyway? Good hydration definitely protects against kidney stones, and there is evidence that it counters constipation and exercise-induced asthma. It may also help protect against vascular diseases, like stroke, an elevated heart rate or a sudden drop in blood pressure. It is especially important for people with diabetes.
But, despite the vital importance of water, there are relatively few good studies of how much is needed. The research is often organ-specific, done by people studying the kidneys or lungs. Whole body systems haven’t been well studied.
There are no formal guidelines on how much water people need each day. The amount is affected by what people eat, their weight and activity level and even the environment in which they live. Here are a few facts to help guide your hydration.
HYDRATION IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE…
-It reduces fatigue, improves weight control, positively impacts chronic disease like cholesterol, blood pressure, and diabetes complications, and positively impacts digestion. So drink up my friend!
-Up to 20% of your fluid intake can come from the food you eat, if consuming soup, vegetables, and fruit, all of which contain high water content
-Coffee does not dehydrate you! Having a cup of joe in the morning will help you get the day going and improve hydration
-You should be using the restroom every 3 hours. IF you aren’t, this means you are dehydrated.
-If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Immediately consume an electrolyte beverage, or drink plain water and eat something with salt and potassium
-Examples of electrolyte foods: banana with 1 TBSP peanut butter, a few salted chips and 6 dried apricots, 1/4 cup trail mix
*Copy, Paste, and Print (near a water cooler, break-room, or water fountain) the attached Hydration Factsheet on your site, and take a photo to submit for our Q3 contest!