By Sara Stone, Healthy by Choice Chair & Medical Social Services Manager
Now that the ice on our lakes have melted away and we’ve switched out our winter boots and coats for summer shorts and sandals, the warmer temperatures of summer are here.
How much water do you need? It’s an individual answer, as water requirements vary for each person. A basic rule of thumb is to take your body weight and divide by two. Half of your body weight is number of ounces of water you should be drinking each day. If you live a more active lifestyle, you will want to add additional fluid intake into your day. Consider this, every day you need two glasses just to replace the pint or more of water we lose every day simply by breathing!
In June, we have created a Healthy Hydration Challenge for all Tri-County Health Care employees to track all of the liquids they drink each day. Although most people have heard that drinking water is important, you may ask what are the benefits to me?
Functions of water in the body:
- Regulates body temperature
- Lubricates joints
- Lessens the burden on the kidneys and liver by flushing out waste products
- Carries nutrients and oxygen to cells
- Helps prevent constipation
- Moistens tissues such as those in the mouth, eyes and nose
- Helps dissolve minerals and other nutrients to make them accessible to the body
Do you struggle with fatigue? It may be a sign of dehydration. A study done by Loughborough University found that a mere 5 percent drop in water levels in your body can cause a 25-30 percent loss in energy. A 3 percent drop can even cause fuzzy thinking.
Join me this summer by carrying around a reusable water bottle as a daily reminder to stay hydrated, remain healthy and save money by not purchasing sugary beverages.