This is part three of our American Lifestyle series.
Today I want to talk about an epidemic in America. The 'thirst' epidemic. Yep, you probably haven't read about it in the paper. Or heard it in the news. But it is real...very real!
You see, the human body is 75% water! But,we lose water every single day, through breathing, sweating, urination, etc. What happens though, is that we tend to reach for other beverages besides water. Americans reach for tea, coffee, juice, and soda, instead of water. Most of these beverages lead to further dehydration, because they are diuretics. Water is the most basic of nutrients. And we are deficient!
This epidemic is serious! It sends people running to the doctor all the time. So many times, it isn't recognized for what it is(chronic dehydration), instead it is "diagnosed" as an illness with another name. It is usually "diagnosed" as illnesses such as Fatigue, Constipation, Digestive Disorders, High Blood Pressure, Low Blood Pressure, Gastritis, Stomach Ulcers, Respiratory disorders, Excess weight/Obesity, Eczema, High Cholesterol, Urinary Tract problems, Rheumatism, Alzheimer's Disease and more! When really, the symptoms are stemming from this simple to solve epidemic.
Mild to moderate dehydration is likely to cause:
- Dry, sticky mouth
- Sleepiness or tiredness — children are likely to be less active than usual
- Decreased urine output
- No wet diapers for three hours for infants
- Few or no tears when crying
- Dry skin
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Dark colored urine
- Muscle cramps
- Loss of appetite
- Dizziness upon standing
- Increased heart rate
So, how much do we need? The average adult needs at least 2–3 L of water per day. An easy way to determine your minimum amount required is to divide your body weight in half and that is how many ounces you should drink per day. Example: If I weigh 150, I would need at least 75oz of water per day.
And you might say, "but I don't like water." Well, there are a number of things that you can do to make it more doable. First is to determine whether you prefer iced or warm. Some prefer one over the other. Add some fruit! A lemon or lime, maybe. Or a couple of berries. Or just look yourself in the eye and say, "It is better than the alternatives!" And DRINK UP!!!
Have a well-hydrated day!
Sara and the Ol' Farmhouse family
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