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Hydration: How relevant is water to your health?

They say that the human body can go 3 weeks without food, but only 3 days without water.

The human body is made of anywhere from 55% to 65% water, based on your sex and age.

Seems pretty important.  I think that many of us take hydration for granted simply because, water seems to be all around us.  Obviously, living in Victoria, we are fortunate to not have water issues related to sparsity and or cleanliness.  Turning on the tap, which can be found in every home in the city, provides us with water that in some countries, would be difficult to find, or impossible to drink without potential sickness.

I have found that even with this opportunity, many of us are dehydrated on a daily basis.  It shows up in numerous ways:

  • Dry skin and eyes
  • Dry mouth
  • Low energy
  • Immune compromisation
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Chronic pain and muscle soreness

Often times, thirst can be perceived as hunger and many of us are eating much more than we need, when all our bodies really want is a glass of water.

Here are 4 key changes to make to help ensure that you stay hydrated throughout the day:

1- Start your morning with water

If you are someone that enjoys a cup of tea or coffee to start your day (as I do), delay until you have taken in some water.  I recommend starting your day with a LARGE glass of warm water.  Bonus would be to add lemon to it, which will not only make it taste delicious but will help with the body’s acidity level, absorption of the water and give you immune and digestive system boost.

2- Have water within arms reach in all the main places you spend time.

Self assess your situation in the car, at work, and at home.  If you can take care of home, work and the travel between the two, you will probably make a huge difference in your hydration levels. If you find yourself WAITING for water, then you will be dehydrated regularly.

3- Sip regularly as opposed to drinking large amounts occasionally.

The body does better with a regular stream of water intake rather than a large amount a few times a day.

It’s amazing how something as simple as a glass of water can make such a huge impact.  Happy thirst quenching!

Helpful?  Questions?

drkttleson@uclife.ca

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