Water is one of the most vital elements second only to oxygen. Water is important to almost every basic function of your body including:
For the elimination of toxins and wast from the body
Water lubricates the body: found in joints, it acts as shock absorber, reduces joint pain, it is in your eyes and spinal column.
Water naturally suppresses appetite and helps the body metabolize stored fat
Water helps to maintain proper muscle tone and helps reduce wrinkles
We lose a pint or more of water every day simply by breathing! We normally lose a total of about 10 cups of fluid a day in exhaled air, perspiration, and other bodily secretions.
The body tends to dehydrate while traveling, particularly on airplanes. An additional 8 oz. of water per hour is suggested. Exposure to summer heat requires additional water. The body uses a great deal of water through skin-cooling perspiration.
One of the best ways to recognize dehydration is to pay close attention to the color of your urine. Ideally, light to clear urine indicates proper water intake.
The first sign of dehydration may be a headachy feeling at the end of the day.
Older adults are at an increased risk for dehydration, older adults often do not feel thirsty and/or do not like to drink water due to issues with incontinence and the repeated visits to the bathroom. The risk for falling due to dehydration increases dramatically and thus the risk for injury does too.
Dehydration can cause
Headaches, sleepiness or lethargy
Unusually tired, dizziness, falls, and muscle cramps, more joint pain
Constipation, dry mouth
Decreased blood volume and thus a drop in blood pressure
How much water should we drink each day?
Drink about half your body weight in ounces unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
To determine one's ideal daily water intake, experts at the Mayo Clinic suggest dividing your body weight in half and using this number as the ounces of water you should consume. (Based on this formula, a 125-pound person should consume the recommended eight servings of water each day. ) When it is hot and/or you are exercising you need even more.
Bring water with you when you venture outside, and when going somewhere in your car. Bring extra bottles of water just incase your get stuck somewhere or your car breaks down.
Be safe, be well , thrive and life vibrantly!