My idea or concept of the above, is Not! Water quenches your thirst. Drinking enough water each day helps the body stay healthy and function properly.
Especially in the summer heat, I tell myself constantly “hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.” Nothing else quenches my dry mouth like good old H20.
I feel for the workers whose occupations are strictly outdoors with the high humidity and summer heat temperatures. I’m sure they are trained on their job to hydrate, keep cool, and take many breaks.
Students at school outdoor activities and athletes alike are, I’m sure, told to take extra precautions in temperatures that seem unbearable.
I have gotten into a habit, which I believe is a good habit, to drink bottled water at work and at home, and I drink more than one bottle, alot more! I cannot remember the last time I consumed a glass of cold Coca-Cola.
When dining out, more than fifty percent of the time, I will order a cold iced water with lemon with my meal.
Learning to acquire a taste for water did not happen for me overnight. I was instructed 24 years ago by my GYN/OB to drink more water. During this time period I was pregnant with my second daughter. After drinking more water, and less soft drinks, I found that I felt better.
My taste buds have never been the same since drinking water, and after reading the following, courtesy of Newspaper Metro, I know that I am doing a good thing for my health and body.
Many adults have had the virtues of drinking enough water extolled on them since childhood. Though recommendations as to how much water a person should drink each day have fluctuated over the years, it’s still safe to say that drinking a significant amount of water every day is essential for your health.
Water keeps the body healthy in a number of ways. But the body loses water in a number of ways as well, each of which is part of normal human function. For instance, a body loses water when a person breathes, sweats, urinates or has a bowel movement. The body must replace this lost fluid in order to stay healthy and avoid dehydration.
In addition to fending off dehydration, water helps the body flush out wastes and maintain a healthy body temperature while reducing the risk of developing kidney stones or becoming constipated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, water also helps lubricate and cushion joints and protects the spinal cord and other sensitive tissues.
The body needs water every day, but there are certain instances when the body will likely need more water than usual. If you spend ample time in especially hot climates, your body will need more water, just as it might during periods of physical activity. In addition, your body will need more water when suffering from certain ailments or conditions, including fever, diarrhea or vomiting.
Though many people feel drinking caffeinated beverages, including coffee and sodas, dehydrate the body, experts say moderate caffeine consumption won’t dehydrate the body. A 2000 study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that healthy people who consume moderate amounts of caffeine don’t lose more fluid than those people who abstain from caffeine. Overconsumption of caffeinated beverages might prove problematic, but moderate consumption can provide the body with the fluids it needs without causing harm.
It’s best to consult a physician if you suspect you aren’t getting enough fluids, but there are also some indicators men and women can notice on their own. One such indicator is the color of your urine, which will be clear or pale yellow if your body is getting enough fluids. Urine that is dark yellow indicates the body needs more water. Constipation or hard bowel movements may also be the result of a body that isn’t getting enough fluids.
While it’s true there is such a thing as too much water, it is rare that a person drinks too much water.
Endurance athletes are most susceptible if they only drink water during competitions. That’s because consuming too much water will dilute the amount of sodium in the body, creating an imbalance that can cause confusion, seizures and possibly even coma. That’s why many endurance athletes drink a sports drink that contains sodium, sugar and electrolytes during competitions. But even athletes who will be competing or exercising for more than an hour might want to choose a sports drink instead of just water to protect themselves and avoid an imbalance.
Many people find they don’t drink enough water by accident. One way to combat that is to bring a bottle of water with you wherever you go. Another way is to drink water throughout the day at your office, which also gives you an opportunity to get up and stretch your legs over the course of the day. If you find water especially bland, add a slice of lemon or lime to give it more flavor.