Posted by: Kelley Dees | December 6, 2010

The Importance of Hydration

Did you know that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated? Most people are so used to being dehydrated that they no longer recognize the normal signal of thirst. The human body is about 60% water, with 75% of your muscles and brain being water, 82% of your blood is water, and 25% of your bones are water.

How does our body lose water? Every time you go to the bathroom, when you sweat, and even every time you exhale! But why is it important to stay hydrated? Dehydration can lead to back pain, problems with math and short-term memory, difficulty focusing your eyes, kidney stones, bladder infections, dry skin, and constipation.

Ever feel like this at work??? Dehydration is the number one trigger of daytime fatigue! Sometimes, simply getting up from our desk and getting some water will help us to reenergize and get through the rest of the day!

How much should I drink? Gender, weight, height, and activity level should all be considered. As a rule of thumb, men should consume about 13 cups and women should consume about 9 cups. If you don’t like water, try making it tastier with some lemon juice or mix in some fruit juice to give it a little flavor.

Be sure to carry your water bottle with you wherever you go, and you’ll more than likely stay hydrated throughout your day!

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

This information is adapted from Minneapolis.


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