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Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Posted on: February 22, 2018

Contributor(s): Cullen Quigley

 

You hear about the importance of water on a daily basis, however for most people, the advice can be easily ignored. With an abundance of sugary juices, sodas, caffeinated energy drinks, and high sodium sports drinks, many people opt for all things dehydrating. But why is this a bad thing?

 

Without proper hydration, the body’s ability to function at its best severely begins to struggle. Some symptoms of dehydration include: darkened urine, dry mouth, sleepiness or fatigue, extreme thirst, headache, confusion, dizziness or lightheadedness, poor athletic performance, and poor skin quality.

 

On average, the typical person is advised to drink more than 8 glasses of water each day to remain proper hydration. Water is essential for survival and yet many people lack the urgency to provide their bodies’ cells, tissues, and bodily processes the ample amount to do their jobs sufficiently.

 

Primary Health Solutions’ behaviorists are wonderful resources for providing patients with wellness plans to begin integrating more ways to hydrate in one’s diet. These lifestyle changes can go hand in hand with a nutritional diet and exercise plan while also improving the overall path to improved wellness.

 

These five tips can help you improve your daily goal at staying hydrated:

 

  1. Bring a water bottle – By always having a water bottle on hand, you position yourself to have immediate access to hydration. Instead of using plastic water bottles, opt for a reusable water bottle that can be refilled throughout the day. Your wallet and the planet will thank you.
  2. Add some flavor – Some people don’t drink plain water because they claim they are bored of the taste. By adding a slice of lemon, orange, or lime, the overall taste can drastically increase. Others suggest adding mint or cucumbers, which have been known to have health benefits.
  3. Order water always – It’s easy when at a restaurant to crave a soda, alcoholic, or sugary beverage. However, by choosing water, you’re refilling your body with plenty of hydration and water goes great with every meal.
  4. Hydrate and sweat – Water should be consumed before, during, and after a workout. Not only will it make you feel better in between and during physical activity but your overall athletic performance will increase as well.
  5. Battle Hunger – Thirst and hunger often times can be mistaken as the other. Whenever you feel hungry, drink water. If you remain persistently hungry, that just means you’re hungry. But if the feelings of hunger subside, it means you were dehydrated.

 

Primary Health Solutions continues to strive in providing patient-centered services through our medical, dental, vision, and behavioral health services.