Hydration is a crucial health habit for a healthy life. Doctor’s suggest that an individual should drink 1-1.5 liters of water throughout the day, and more if they sweat more than the average person. They also suggest that individuals drink water rather than sugary drinks when recovering from dehydration. There are other sources fluid besides drinking water, juice, etc. Fruits contain water and are a great source of fluid, as well as a healthy snack. Avoid caffeinated drinks. Caffeine acts as a diuretic and causes you to lose more fluids. Individuals should ensure they drink water before exercising or going out in the sun.
A few signs of dehydration:
- Thirst. If you are experiencing thirst, you are dehydrated. It is important to drink fluids as you become thirsty because, without fluids the body becomes fatigued and could go through heat exhaustion or other terrible effects of dehydration.
- Dark-Colored Urine. Dark yellow pee is the most obvious sign of dehydration. Though you may not feel dehydrated when you have dark-colored urine, you will soon feel the effects of dehydration.
- Dizziness/Confusion. If you are feeling light-headed or “not all there” you may be experiencing dehydration.
Easy ways to stay hydrated:
- Drink water/fluids during every meal.
- Drink water/fluids when taking medicine
- Drink water/fluids in social settings.
If you would like to learn more about hydration and how to stay hydrated or avoid dehydration you can visit:
Publications, Harvard Health. “The importance of staying hydrated.” Harvard Health. N.p., 18 June 2015. Web. 18 Apr. 2017.
Staying Hydrated – Staying Healthy. N.p., 25 June 2015. Web. 18 Apr. 2017.