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Self-Love Sunday: Stay Hydrated

 

Let me be a lesson to you my internet friends.

Stay hydrated.

I was feeling crappy today and thought it had to do with a combination of things. The cold that has gone around the house so many times that you would think it has to have evolved into some sort of intelligent being by now so that it can be charged rent. We had our, hopefully, last winter storm. The temperatures are going up and down which causes sinus pain and headaches. Allergy season is upon us. It’s been a mish-mash of reasons why I felt crappy.

Until I looked at the water jug on my desk and realized how little water I drank today.

According to the Dieticians of Canada, it is a myth that you have to drink 8 cups of water per day. We get fluids from other sources as well such as milk, soup, coffee, tea and juice. Our bodies loses water from breathing, sweating and getting rid of body wastes.

Here are some quick facts about fluids and hydration and you can visit the Dieticians of Canada web site for more information.

How Fluids Help the Body

  • controls your body temperature
  • aids digestion
  • carries nutrients around your body
  • cushions organs and joints
  • gets rid of waste
  • keeps your bowels regular

Signs and Symptoms of Mild Dehydration

  • thirst
  • dry lips and mouth
  • flushed skin
  • tiredness
  • irritability
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • fainting
  • low blood pressure
  • increase in heart rate
  • dark, strong smelling urine

Signs and Symptoms of Severe Dehydration

  • blue lips
  • blotchy skin
  • confusion
  • lack of energy
  • cold hands and feet
  • rapid breathing
  • high fever
  • unconsciousness

Tips to Stay Hydrated

  • Drink a glass of water when you wake up each morning or before you go to bed.
  • Keep a fresh glass of water by your desk or on hand where you work.
  • Carry a container of water with you throughout the day.
  • Drink a glass of water before eating your meals.
  • Make sure you have a drink with each meal such as a glass of low fat milk, soy beverage or water.
  • Don’t ignore thirst. Drink water or another healthy drink when you feel thirsty.

And fluids are not the only way to stay hydrated. Some fruits and vegetables are considered high water content foods because there is a large amount of water in proportion to their weight. The University of Kentucky created a graph that shows a list of fruits and vegetables that are high in water content. Some of the fruit and vegetables include grapefruit, strawberries, eggplants and tomatoes.

Hope you find these tips helpful because the hot and humid weather will be here soon enough and we’ll be trying to find creative ways to stay hydrated.

 

 

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