• Maria Cecelia Pfund, FRHC Nutrition Specialist

Hydrated Enough?

Lately, drinking enough water has been a concern for many. We all want to stay hydrated, but thankfully our body signals us when we need more water by being thirsty.

As a rule, it is recommended to drink eight glasses of water a day; however, the requirements vary from person to person. Factors to take into consideration include: individual's build, how intensely they're exercising and for how long, the temperature, their age, their state of health and what kind of foods they eat.

Approximately a liter is obtained from solid foods in a healthful-average diet - fruit, vegetables, yogurts and soups. Liquids such as coffee, alcohol and sugary, caffeinated soft drinks have a diuretic effect and may cause or worsen dehydration.

In regards to sport drinks, they are for people who exercise exceedingly may need those drinks; for the rest of us, water is all we need to hydrate, extra sugar and calories are not beneficial.

Take-Home Message

When it comes to hydration, pay attention to thirst cues and drink water when thirsty. How much water you need is unique to you, trust your senses!

Reference The Sydney Morning Herald. (2013, March 7). Liquid nation. Retrieved from http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/liquid-nation-20130301-2fbbt.html

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