Hydrate for Optimal Health

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Staying well hydrated is key for optimal health.

*Fluid Facts: 

  • Between 50% and 70% of a healthy adult’s body weight is water.
  • Lean tissues (such as muscle) are over 70% fluid (water, blood, etc).
  • Fat tissue is only between 10%-20% fluid.
  • A baby is approximately 75% water weight.
  • An elderly adult is only 50% water weight (or less).
  • Fluids dissolve and transport substances.
  • Fluids help maintain body temperature.
  • Fluids protect and lubricate tissues from injury.

So (now) knowing this, why wouldn’t you focus on keeping your body hydrated?

DrinkWater

Take your bodyweight and divide it by 2 to figure out how many ounces of water (minimum) you should be drinking daily.

Eat Your Water!

Eat foods with a higher water content.  These foods in the picture below are between 90% – 99% water.

tomatoes

Foods that are between 80%-89% water are apple, peach, pear, carrots, egg whites, and yogurt.  Eat up!

Please note:  Too little or too much fluid intake (fluid imbalances) can be serious and even fatal.  Pale urine typically indicates adequate hydration. Consult with a registered dietician for more information.

*Facts taken from Nutrition for Life by Thompson & Manore

The global water facts:

  • Nearly 1 million lack access to safe water.
  • Women spend 200 million hours a day collecting water.
  • Every 21 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness.
  • More than 3x more people lack water than live in the United States.
  • More people have a mobile than a toilet.

Water.org is a way to give safe water and a dignity of a toilet to all.

They posted this clip on their facebook page yesterday.  It’s only 15 seconds, but extremely powerful.

Water.org accepts paypal too…just sayin.

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Hydrate for Optimal Health

  1. Great post and its important to know the signs of hyponatremia just as much as not being hydrated enough. This is vitally important the more active we are and the temperature we are active in.

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