Allergic to Water?
So, of course you aren’t allergic to water, but if you are like me, you really don’t care for it very much. This can be a big problem when it is so important for good health. If you barely drink any water you may be living on the verge of dehydration- or flooding your body with hundreds of extra calories a day if you instead are drinking mostly juices and soft drinks.
Even mild dehydration can make you feel tired. It can also lead to constipation and even chronic headaches. Over time, dehydration can raise your risk for a heart attack simply because your blood may be slightly thicker and more likely to clot. If you’re taking a diuretic to control your blood pressure, or you take laxatives, you may need to drink extra water to maintain a healthy fluid balance in your body. Dehydration can happen faster with age, because your body already contains about 10 percent less water than it did when you were younger- so there’s less of a safety margin.
Sounds to me like water is pretty important. What do you think?
So if you are like me, drinking more water just is not that easy. I need some tips and some alternatives.
Here they are:
Aim for five to six glasses of pure water, herbal tea, and juice per day. Sparkling water of club soda with a splash of juice or a spritz of lemon counts, too. Experts no longer believe that everyone needs eight glasses per day.
Eat Juicy fruit. Enjoy Watermelon, oranges, peaches, berries.. the juicer the better.
Check your urine every time you relieve yourself. If it’s pale and has almost no odor, you’re probably getting plenty of fluids. If It’s dark, strong-smelling, or you simply don’t urinate very much or very often, you probably need to drink more water.
Always have a glass of water first thing in the morning, and with each meal and snack. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty to have a drink – sense of thirst grows fainter after age 60, but your need for fluids remains the same of increases.
Drink when you’re active. Have a glass of water before you exercise, every 20 minutes while you exercise, and again when you’re finished.
Treat yourself to a fruit Popsicle on a hot day. You need an extra glass of water on a hot day, and the fluid in a fruit pop will fill the bill.
Stay alert to signs of mild dehydration. These include sudden thirst, fatigue, a headache, dry mouth, muscle weakness, dizziness, and light-headedness. At the first symptom, start drinking water.
I, for one, am going to start trying out these tips today to try and increase my water intake. I know I always fall short, so I really like the thought of drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning… that way no matter what happens as the day goes on, I have the first glass down already.
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