Hydration tips

When my mother was living with my niece, she was taken to the hospital twice.  The problem:  Dehydration.  She wasn’t getting proper hydration. Mother has some memory issues and does not like to drink water. She was not well supervised and was left to sit on the sofa all day in front of the television.  She was given a bottle of water but seldom finished it by the end of the day.

When I ask my clients how much water they drink a day, the answer is most often, “A lot. I get enough water.”  After they spend a day or two measuring the water they actually drink, a majority of them are shocked at how little they really are taking in.

I am currently in a group that is working on getting enough water and developing habits to make sure that we reach our water intake goals each day.  You might be surprised at how easy it can be, once you know and practice the steps.

Here are a few things to help you get there:

  • Plan for at least 64 ounces of water per day. ( the pervasive rule of thumb is divide your body weight by half and go for that many ounces.)
  • Drink water first thing in the morning, before any other beverage.
  • Drink 4 to 8 ounces of water before breakfast.
  • Drink 4 to 8 ounces of water before snacks.
  • Drink 4 to 8 ounces of water before dinner.

As you can see, it is a simple process. It only takes the effort to make it a habit. And habits develop at different rates for different people.

You might be thinking, wow 64+ oz is a lot of water, how am I going to drink that much? Well, we’ve got lots of tips!✨

 

First, let’s talk about how much water your body actually needs.🤔 While the EXACT amount you need depends on your activity level, health conditions, height and weight, gender, and even fiber and caffeine intake, there are some general guidelines. According to the Institute of Medicine‘s recommendations:

  • Men should drink 13 cups (about 3 liters) of water each day.
  • Women should drink 9 cups (just over 2 liters) of water each day. Pregnant women should drink 10 cups of water daily, and breastfeeding women should drink 12 cups.
  • Kids and teens should drink 6 to 8 cups of water a day.

💧 HOW HYDRATED ARE YOU?

A practical way to track your hydration level is to note the color of your urine right after you get up in the morning. Straw or lemonade-colored urine is a sign of proper hydration. Dark-colored urine—closer to the color of apple juice—indicates dehydration.  Let’s see how getting more water might change the color of your pee. Don’t be shy––we’re all in this together!

One thing that helps me drink more water is having a nice water bottle that shows how much water I need to be drinking. It is also a good way to keep measurement of your intake.

If you don’t measure, you don’t really know. After a while, you will have a feel for how your hydration level is.

 

Drink water and find new ways to do it consistently

 

Feel warmer in a cold house

Feel warmer in a cold house

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During this trying time of cold weather extended over a period of time, it is important to do our part to lessen our impact on the energy grid and hopefully increase the chances that others will regain or continue to have electric power.  Let’s all work to decrease the strain on the grid.

We are keeping our thermostat at 65 degrees to conserve energy and hopefully allow others to get some power. But it seems cold in the house and no one likes to be inconvenienced.

Here are a couple of things you might try to be more comfortable in the cooler temperatures.

Layers

Layer up.    Wear more clothes than you normally do. Add layers that are thin.  More layers seem to be warmer than one or two thick layers.  They are also easier to move around in.

Confine the heat

If you find one room is warmer than others, go there. Close the door and contain the heat there.

Move it, move it

Do some exercise. Anything. Lunges, push ups, walk around, whatever.  You don’t have to have a gym or specialized equipment to get your blood flowing.  Just get some body heat going by moving around.

Humidity is good

Because more humid air holds heat better, you may want to break out your humidifier. It will feel warmer and you will loose a bit less water from skin evaporation.  Think of it as a beauty treatment, keeping your skin from drying out and encouraging wrinkles. No humidifier?  Simmer some water on the stove.  Just make sure you watch it closely.

Drink freely

Related to number 4, keep drinking water. Dehydration can happen easily in cold dry weather. Being hydrated will help maintain good blood flow, keeping circulation to your extremities ( feet and hands) and thus, keep them warm.

These ideas are my own musings. You may or may not agree.  You may find opposite theories online or elsewhere.  The bottom line is to do what you can to stay warm while conserving energy.  Others will thank you and your power bill will thank you, too.

As always, Be Well. Perform Well. Stay well.

Dehydration in North Texas is a real threat

Dehydration in North Texas is a real threat.

 

Dehydration while working in the heat can be dangerous.  If you are not accustomed to working outdoors, you may be in for a shock: a big shock to your system.

 

It is mid-June and summer has come to Dallas, Texas.  The heat has hit with a vengeance.  Spring was nice, but now that’s over and it’s really hot outdoors.  Especially with the rain we had two days before, the air was quite steamy.  There was some clean up in the back yard I wanted to get done.  Much of the shrubbery had grown beyond its borders and needed to be trimmed and the debris underneath had to be thrown away.

 

I got started in the heat of the day: about 1:45 p.m.  All was going well.  I was seeing some great progress. And did I mention it was hot?  I went into the garage and got a cold bottle of water out of the small refrigerator and gulped it down.

 

A short time later, I needed more water.  I got another bottle and began to drink it.  I was feeling slightly wiped out and felt I needed to sit for a minute.  Then I remembered that I had some Shaklee Performance Maximum Endurance Sports Drink in the house.  I went inside and mixed a large water bottle of the stuff and drank about a third of it immediately.  I put the rest in the garage refrigerator.  I thought I’d sit down for a few minutes.  I did sit, but only for a short time.  I quickly realized I was feeling better and the fatigue was gone.  It was much better than when I drank the water.  I got up and finished the work I was doing on the yard.  I drank the rest of the Performance Recovery drink as I worked.

 

The upshot of all this seems to be that the Shaklee Performance Drink made a big difference for me.  I know there are other hydration drinks on the market, but my knowledge and experience with Performance keeps me using this one particular brand.  Other drinks are mostly sugar and are not well researched.  They are mostly marketing ploys, spending big bucks to hire sports celebrities to make expensive television commercials.

 

Shaklee Performance is a well-researched product that has proven itself time after times.  They have many amateur athletes who use Performance because of its results.  These athletes are not paid by Shaklee to use its products. Check out how many Olympic gold medals have been won by Shaklee users.

   

Dehydration while working in the heat can be dangerous.  My whole-hearted recommendation is to use Shaklee Performance Sports drink before you begin to do your yard work and through out the process.  It’s not only for athletes; it’s for anyone who is doing more physical activity than usual.  Keep your fluids flowing, and keep the right fluids in your body.  

 

Dallas Health Helpers has been involved in natural approaches to health for 26 years.  We are located in Uptown Dallas, but our influence is nation wide.