Most people would agree that staying hydrated is important.
Staying hydrated keeps everything in working order.
For lack of a better way to put it being hydrated keeps everything lubricated.
It helps keep many bodily functions running in working order, especially in helping your kidneys eliminate toxins.
In this post I am not going to shy away from how hydration helps the body and what bodily functions are affected by it.
You have been warned.
The topic of hydration has fostered a debate on how much is enough and how much is too much.
I am going to give you 5 do’s and don’t’s around staying hydrated.
This first one, I’m just going to dive right in.
Do check the color of your urine.
This is a sure fire way to check your level of hydration and sometimes your health in general.
If it is a dark yellow color you’re probably dehydrated.
If it’s really dark, seek medical attention.
If it’s clear, like the same color as water clear, you’re over hydrated.
If there’s blood in your urine, seek medical help.
Do keep track of how much water you are drinking throughout your day.
I believe that the best way to do this is to get a decent sized water bottle to take with you.
Related: My top 5 favorite water bottles.
I recommend one where the place you put your mouth to drink from is protected.
This is important especially if you’re going to leave it on a surface at work or outside of your home.
Don’t drink water based solely on an arbitrary number.
We have all heard the recommendation to drink 8 glasses of water a day.
Some of us have heard that you have to do some algebra to determine the amount of water you should drink based on your weight.
The problem with both of these is that it doesn’t account for the amount of liquid you are getting from your food.
If you are eating a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables you should be getting some hydration from your food.
This one actually relates back to the first two do’s.
Track the amount of water you’re drinking, and if you find your urine is a decent yellow color you’re good.
Again, if it’s clear you drank too much.
Don’t drink water directly from the faucet.
I know that people survive drinking water from the tap.
However, unless you are checking your city’s water processing I don’t recommend it.
There are many affordable ways to get filtered water at home.
I recommend getting a pitcher with a filter or get one that attaches to your sink.
They even make ones that filter inside the water bottle directly.
Also, more public places are getting filtered water bottle fountains.
It’s for the environment, but also to make sure you’re getting clean water.
Do consume water rich foods.
Usually whole foods are very water rich because, well they were grown using water.
I’m talking about your fruits and vegetables.
Not only will this help keep you hydrated, but you are also providing your body with nutrient rich food.
If you want to read more on the topic of hydration, check out the following links:
Keys to Staying Hydrated– Polyclinic
Staying Hydrated Staying Healthy– American Heart Association
Keys and Benefits of Consistent Hydration– Crisp Regional Hospital
Want to know what I like to use to help support my kidneys? Check out this caffeine-free tea.
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Until next time.