Thoughts of a Dietitian

HYDRATE | HYDRATE | HYDRATE

This is one thing I am TERRIBLE at… I never drink enough water throughout the day. And did you know, by the time you are thirsty (feel thirsty) you are already dehydrated!? Your body is up to 60% water- so your body needs water! Staying hydrated helps regulate body temperature, lubricate and cushion joints, protect your spine and other sensitive organs, and eliminate waste through urine and perspiration.

Here’s some Q&A about water to help get you properly hydrated!

How much water should a person drink? The amount of water a person needs depends on many factors, so it’s hard to set one standard. It’s best to sip on water throughout the day to ensure adequate hydration. However, if you are looking for a starting goal the USDA recommends women drink 10 cups per day and men drink 15 cups per day. Lastly, check the color of your urine. It should be a pale yellow color.

Is there such a thing as being over-hydrated? What are some of the signs of over-hydration? Typically, kidneys will excrete extra water to prevent over-hydration. Although rare, over-hydration can be a concern if excessive water is causing your sodium levels to decrease. Signs of over-hydration can actually be similar to dehydration and include lethargy or confusion. As long as you have

What are some ideas you can offer for people who don’t like water? Most people have heard about lemon water- but what about lime, orange, kiwi, strawberry, melon, or mint water? Slice up your fruit and toss into water. The flavor will intensify if you leave the water to sit for several hours.

  • Also try seltzer, flavored water, like Aquafina Flavor Splash or Hint water, or unsweetened tea.
  •  Freeze water bottles to keep water cold, as most people prefer the taste of cold water.
  • And finally, use post-it notes to leave reminders to drink water throughout the day.

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