Hydration Facts: Drink Up!

With the warm weather finally making an appearance in Upstate NY, it’s more important than ever to make sure you are drinking enough water & staying hydrated!

Did you know…

Water makes up around 60% of our body weight!! It’s important for vital bodily function like circulation, regulation of body temperature, and lubrication of joints. Without an adequate amount of water each day you can experience some early signs of dehydration such as feeling tired, muscle cramping, headaches, and dizziness.

How much is enough?

Research shows women should drink at least 2.21L of water a day, with men needing at least 3L. Good ways to keep track of your water intake throughout the day are keeping a cup that you know the size of or a water bottle with markings on the side for ounces or milliliters. Some people even have multiple water bottles and keep one at work and at home so they don’t have to remember to bring it back and forth every day!

Can I drink too much water?

Yes, water intoxication can result from excessive intake of water. There is a balance within our bodies called homeostasis, and too much water can disrupt the electrolyte balance and decrease the amount of sodium in our bodies. Symptoms of water intoxication are confusion, nausea, and vomiting. Water intoxication is a very serious problem and requires treatment by a medical professional and can lead to coma and even death in very severe cases.

So water is important, but why exactly?

Some noticeable and research supported benefits of drinking water are:

  • Increased energy
  • Helps rid the body of toxins
  • Helps with digestion
  • Assists with weight loss
  • Combats headaches naturally

Drink up!

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