Wellness Wednesday by Michelle Rossow of DCX Wellness
I have lived in warm areas my entire life and after spending 3 years in Arizona, I learned the importance of staying hydrated. It seems like the focus on drinking water is mainly when it is hot, especially when you are exercising. However, hydrating year-round is extremely important since you can dehydrate at any time. Water is a key element in our health, like our blood, it is a vital component of our bodies keeping our organs functioning. There are many reasons we can become dehydrated and not drinking enough water is only one. For a list of symptoms and causes of dehydration, see the article from the Mayo Clinic.
We start our day dehydrated and need to replenish the fluids lost overnight. One way to combat this is to get in the habit of drinking a full glass of water when you wake up to jump-start your day by waking up your organs including your brain. Getting enough hydration affects your blood pressure, body temperature, energy, and mental alertness. You can get hydration from not only water but certain foods as well. For a list of benefits of drinking water, see the article from Harvard Health Publishing.
At times drinking your daily intake of water can seem like a chore, but if you drink a little throughout the day it is easier to do. Breaking down the day by having water with meals and having a bottle near you can be a good reminder to drink up. Even though I got funny looks, I carried a gallon of water with me to help me see my progress throughout the day. Do what works for you to stay hydrated. The Healthline article below points out the benefits of drinking your water. My favorite benefits are increased energy and feeling clean on the inside. What is yours?
Until next week, stay hydrated my friends!