Hydration! Hydration! Hydration!By Nicki On July 23, 2010 Under Uncategorized
It’s unbelievably “thick” here in Chicago today. The humidity is so high that the heat index makes it feel like it’s 104 degrees outside, ugh! I found myself drinking a lot more water both pre and post workout. I was reminded how very important it is to keep yourself hydrated, not only during the obvious time of year, summer, but year ’round! Whether it’s winter, fall, summer or sping, our bodies need to be kept well-hydrated. Given that the human body is about 75% water, this nutrient is obviously an essential part of any healthy diet. Water serves several functions, including to help flush our systems, especially the kidneys and bladder, of waste products and toxins. In fact, majority of Americans go through life dehydrated. Then, as the aging process progresses, the internal trigger for thirst dissapates. As a result, the “cue” for thirst diminishes and people often eat thinking they’re hungry versus reaching for a glass of water because they are simply thirsty. Very often you will find that your sense of hunger passes once you’re well hydrated.
The best way to make sure you’re getting enough water in your daily diet is to keep it readily available. Keep a bottle or thermos accessible. Keep water at work, in your gym bag, purse, briefcase, etc. Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning, mid-morning, before lunch, after luch, mid-afternoon, before dinner and after dinner. Some evidence suggests that poor hydration can cause feelings of fatigue and lethargy. So next time you’re feeling a little “blah” try a glass of water!
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Have a great week!