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Improving Hydration: Why and How?

How much water does one need to drink per day? This is a common question that health and fitness professionals hear all of the time. And the answer—it depends. Many sources will label a general one-size-fits-all answer, but the truth is that there are many factors that come into play. The next time your client or patient asks you this question, here are a few things to discuss. Ask The Right Questions. Although the commonly heard answer for proper hydration is eight glasses of water per day, it’s important to learn some information about your client or patient. Start by determining their weight. WebMD suggests that a half ounce to a full ounce per pound is adequate but can be adjusted based on other factors. Learn about their level of daily activity. Does your client or patient sit behind a desk all day, or are they working a physically demanding job that requires 8 hours of movement? Do they workout on a daily basis? Increased levels of activity will increase the amount of daily hydration needed. Do they find themselves constantly thirsty? Constant thirst or dry mouth are common initial signs of dehydration. How To Improve Hydration Levels in the […] Read More