Today is #ThirstyThursday and we’re discussing hydration! Water makes up about 60% of your body, and is lost throughout the day in your breath, your sweat, your urine and even your bowel movements.
Benefits of staying hydrated:
- Flushes out toxins
- Delivers nutrients throughout the body
- Maintains body temperature
- Aids digestion
- Can suppress appetite
- Healthy skin
But the recommendations for water intake can get a little confusing. We’ve all heard of the eight 8-ounce glasses per day (totaling 1.9 liters). Then there is the recommendation to divide your weight in half to get the number of total ounces to drink per day. Or should we follow the RDA for water intake (13 cups or 3 liters for men, and 9 cups or 2.2 liters for women)? And what about the food we eat, should we account for the water content of food? And do other liquids count towards the total ounces?
Food accounts for approximately 20% of your fluid intake. High water weight foods include fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon, strawberries, tomatoes, cucumber and spinach. Other liquids, such as coffee, tea, juice and yes, even alcoholic drinks, can count towards your fluid intake. However, be sure to stay mindful of the dehydrating effects of diuretics, such as caffeine and alcohol.
While there may not be the perfect amount of water for each person to drink, there are some signs of dehydration to keep an eye out for. If you experience one or more of these symptoms on a regular basis, it might be a good idea to increase your water intake!
- Dry mouth
- Mind fog
However you do it, it’s a good idea to drink plenty of water. When should you increase your fluid intake? During periods of exercise, illness, pregnancy, and breast-feeding, as well as under altered environmental conditions. Heat and humidity, indoor heat during the winter, and elevation changes can all affect your hydration needs. A well hydrated body is capable of performing its required functions efficiently and fluidly ;)
Stay thirsty, my friends!