Facts About Water

Do you drink enough water during the day? Water is important to the body at all times, but especially in warm weather. It keeps
the body from overheating. When you exercise, your muscles generate heat. To keep from burning up, your body needs to get rid of that heat. The main way the body discards heat in warm weather is through sweat. As sweat evaporates, it cools the tissues beneath. Lots of sweating reduces the body’s water level, and this loss of fluid affects normal bodily functions.

Signs of dehydration include:

  • fatigue
  • loss of appetite
  • flushed skin
  • heat intolerance
  • light-headedness
  • dark-colored urine
  • dry cough

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, to avoid dehydration, active people should drink at least 16- 20 ounces of fluid one to two hours before an outdoor activity. After that, you should consume 6 to 12 ounces of fluid every 10 to 15 minutes that you are outside. When you are finished with the activity, you should drink more. [1]

It’s also critical for your heart health. Keeping the body hydrated helps the heart more easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles. And, it helps the muscles work efficiently. Dehydration can be a serious condition that can lead to problems ranging from swollen feet or a headache to life-threatening illnesses such as heat stroke. [2]

In addition, drinking fluids serves a range of purposes in our bodies, such as removing waste through urine; controlling body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure; and maintaining a healthy metabolism. Without it, the body begins to shut down. Symptoms of severe dehydration include altered behavior, such as severe anxiety, confusion, or not being able to stay awake; faintness that is not relieved by lying down; an inability to stand or walk; rapid breathing; a weak, rapid pulse; and loss of consciousness. [3]

Here are 4 ways to help stay hydrated:

  1. Drink Enough Water
  2. Eat Fruits and Vegetables
  3. Consume Sea Salt
  4. Exercise (YES! Exercise!)

Read more about these. [4]
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[1] http://my.clevelandclinic.org/…/articl…/avoiding-dehydration
[2]http://www.heart.org/…/Staying-Hydrated—Staying-Healthy_U…
[3] http://www.webmd.com/food-rec…/features/quest-for-hydration…
[4] https://draxe.com/how-to-stay-hydrated/
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