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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Dehydration Drinking Enough Water

 Most people hate doing it. The simple fact is that sweating is one of the most crucial things we do. It helps keep our bodies at that 98.6 degrees we have to be, to live healthy. In order to sweat right, we need to drink plenty of water. Water helps us absorb nutrients from food. It helps to cushion tissues, deliver waste products to the kidneys, and lubricate joints. It helps bowel function and can end or reduce constipation. Most people don't drink enough water. By the time your thirsty you already are somewhat dehydrated. The average person should be drinking at least 6 to 8 cups of water per day. In the desert heat with high humidity this goes way up. A heavy sweat might cost you 3 to 8 pounds in one hour! If your urine is dark or heavy yellow instead of clear you really need to drink more water. Tea, coffee, and caffeinated beverages are inappropriate to drink when trying to replace fluid. They are actually what is called a diuretic. These beverages actually lead to dehydration. They decrease the kidneys ability to concentrate urine. If you must drink coffee try to limit it to one or two cups per day. And don't figure that into your water intake. You still need the 6 to 8 cups of pure water per day. If you have been out in the heat and feel woozy, light headed, and sick you might be dehydrated. Dehydration can lead to death quickly. So find some water to drink fast. And a trip to the hospital may be in order. Some people don't like the "taste" of water. If this is you, a little lemon juice, lime or orange might just help. On long journeys into the desert always prepare and carry several gallons for each person

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