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Improving Hydration: Why and How?

Glass of water for hydrationHow 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 Body.

If your client or patient is showing signs or feels that they may be consistently dehydrated, it’s important to educate them on ways to ensure they are hydrating enough throughout the day.

  • Water. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s important to emphasize the easiest way to maintain hydration; Drink more water. Studies show that two-thirds of Americans may not drink nearly enough water throughout the day. Encourage people to invest in a reusable water bottle and always keep it by their side.
  • Food. Although loading up on water is the best way to stay hydrated, there are plenty of foods that can help as well. Healthy foods that are high in water content such as watermelon, strawberries, celery, cantaloupe, and cucumbers can provide valuable nutrition while also hydrating the body!

How Proper Hydration Affects The Body.

The adult human body is composed of up to 65% water content. It’s no wonder why maintaining proper hydration is crucial to keeping the body and mind functioning correctly.

  • Physical Health. Dehydration over time can take a toll on the body. Initial signs can consist of dry skin, discolored urine, headaches, and nausea, but can become far more severe with increased body temperature, depleted immune system, and decreased organ function.
  • Mental Health. Within just a few hours of proper hydration, concentration can become a bit fuzzy, and a significant drop in mood and energy levels can occur. Consistent dehydration can amplify these effects and cause a much greater concern.
  • Fitness. Working out without hydrating the body can not only be foolish, but it can also be dangerous! We all know that during a vigorous workout, the body expels water from the body in the form of sweat. If your client or patient fails to hydrate before, during, and after fitness activity can lead to fainting and injury.

Aside from air, water is arguably the most valuable resource for the human body. Monitoring and maintaining healthy levels of hydration can help your patient or client keep their body in top performance. At InterHealth, we believe that taking care of your body is the most important thing you can do. This is why we offer a variety of health and fitness supplements. Regardless of your client or patient’s current level of health, it’s likely that we have a supplement that can help improve their quality of life. Learn more about our line of products on our website or by calling us today at 1-800-783-4636.

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