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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Are You Hydrated?

I've been on a water kick for years and, as a result, already knew many of these facts that one of my friends sent me in an email recently. But it was an excellent review for me and I wanted to pass it on to anyone who isn't yet converted to the concept of regular hydration with simple water.

An easy rule of thumb I learned many years ago: Divide your weight in half and that's how many ounces of water you should be drinking every day.

1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is mistaken for hunger.
3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as much as 3%.
4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.
5. Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
8. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.

Are you drinking the amount of water you should drink every day?

P.S. Though it may sound a bit gross, one easy way to tell if you're hydrated enough is by the color of your urine. If it's dark yellow, you're dehydrated; if it's about the color of lemonade, you're doing well.


Anonymous said...

"Divide your weight in half and that's how many ounces of water you should be drinking every day."

Does this rule also apply if a person is over weight? I was just curious.

Katrina said...

Yep. And getting properly hydrated could actually help lose some of the extra weight.


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