I posted about ways to keep your chickens alive in this heat, but how about YOU???? Are you drinking enough water to be healthy?
We especially feel the need at this time of year, but adequate hydration needs to be a year-round effort. The human brain is made up of 95% water, blood is 82% and lungs 90%. A mere 2% drop in our body’s water supply can trigger signs of dehydration: fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on smaller print, such as a computer screen. (Are you having trouble reading this? Drink up!) Mild dehydration is also one of the most common causes of daytime fatigue. An estimated seventy-five percent of Americans have mild, chronic dehydration. Pretty scary statistic for a developed country where water is readily available through the tap or bottle water.
The best way to estimate the amount of water you need a day is by taking your weight in pounds and dividing that number in half. That give you the number of ounces you may want to drink each day. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, you might want to drink at least 80 ounces of water.
If you exercise, you should drink another eight ounce glass of water for every 30 minutes you are active. When you are traveling on an airplane, it may be good to drink eight to ten ounces of water for every hour you are on board the plane. If you live in a hot climate, you should add another two servings per day. As you can see, your daily need for water can change from day to day.
Celestial Healing Wellness Center lists more ways to help you add water into your daily routine and offered this nifty graphic as well!