Happy National Hydration Day!

National Hydration Day

Hydration is an often overlooked but vital part of a healthy life. Skipping out on water can lead to major health risks, like heatstroke or dehydration! Celebrate National Hydration Day by staying hydrated in any environment – from sports practices and workouts outside all year long; during vacations at the poolside table with friends;or just taking casual walks around town looking for new places that offer great views while sipping some fresh H2O.

When it’s hot outside (and let’s face it: sometimes even when its not), remembering what we’re supposedto do about our drinks might seem like a no-brainer. But according to a report by the CDC, as many as 1 in 10 Americans struggles with what’s called “inadequate hydration.”

In other words, we’re not drinking enough water. And that can have some seriously unpleasant consequences.

Dehydration happens when your body doesn’t have enough water to carry out its normal functions. You can become dehydrated from losing too much fluid, not drinking enough fluids, or both.

Symptoms of dehydration include feeling thirsty, tired, lightheaded, or dizzy; having dark-colored urine or not urinating at all; or having dry mouth, sunken eyes, or low energy.

Dehydration can be dangerous, particularly for young children and older adults. In severe cases, it can lead to heat stroke, seizures, or even death.

So how much water should you drink? It depends on a lot of factors, including your age, gender, activity level, and whether you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. The Institute of Medicine has specific recommendations for how much water people should drink each day.

For women, that’s about 91 ounces (2.7 liters) of fluids from all sources. For men, it’s about 125 ounces (3.7 liters).

But keep in mind that these are just averages. You might need more or less depending on your individual circumstances.

If you’re not sure you’re drinking enough water, there are a few easy ways to check.

First, take a look at the color of your urine. If it’s dark yellow or amber, that’s a sign you need to drink more fluids.

You can also use the “pee test.” Dip a strip of toilet paper into the toilet bowl after you’ve urinated. If the paper turns blue, you’re well hydrated. If it doesn’t change color, you need to drink more fluids.

Another way to check is to simply weigh yourself before and after exercise. For every pound lost, drink 16 ounces (0.5 liters) of fluids.

Of course, the best way to avoid dehydration is to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day, even when you’re not thirsty. And if you know you’ll be sweating a lot, such as during exercise or in hot weather, make sure to drink even more.

The bottom line is that staying hydrated is essential for good health. So make a point to drink plenty of fluids every day, and your body will thank you for it.

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