Spotlight on Water
Here are some interesting facts about water and proper hydration.
- Water is the main component of blood, which supplies cells with oxygen and nutrients and carries waste out of the body.
- Water regulates your internal body temperature. Through the process of sweat production and evaporation, one’s body can avoid overheating.
- Water lubricates joints and cushions vital organs.
- Drinking too much water too quickly can lead to water intoxication. Water intoxication occurs when water dilutes the sodium level in the bloodstream and causes an imbalance of water in the brain.
- Health authorities commonly recommend drinking eight 8 ounce glasses of water per day, which equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon.
- Drinking adequate amounts of water can decrease the risk of certain types of cancers, including colon cancer, bladder cancer, and breast cancer.
How can you stay hydrated?
- Spice it up. Try adding natural flavors like herbs or fresh fruits.
- Eat your H2O. Eating water-rich foods is an effective way to increase your water intake. Fruits and vegetables that have high water content include watermelon, zucchini, cucumber, grapefruits, strawberries, and lettuce.
- Drink water before you get thirsty. Thirst is a sign that your body is already dehydrated.