Drinking Too Little Water

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Are You Drinking Too Little Water?

Are You Suffering From Mild Dehydration?

Are You Drinking Too Little Water?
Are You Drinking Too Little Water?

A lot of people are walking around in a state of mild dehydration without realizing they are.

Our thirst mechanism is poor to begin with; it does not kick in until one to two percent of your body weight is lost as fluid.  Even slight dehydration – a loss of one to two percent of body weight as fluid – may make you feel tired or lethargic. The lack of water can lower your blood volume, which means not as much blood gets to your brain and your heart has to pump harder.

Think ahead about when you are going to drink, just as you would with your meals.  Carry a water bottle with you.  If you are sedentary, aim for at least nine cups of water per day; if you are active, closer to 12 cups.

You can also increase your water intake by eating lots of soup, fruits and vegetables. Whatever you do, learn the signs and symptoms of drinking too little water.

Water, Water Everywhere

There is  no excuse for drinking too little water!

  • You can survive for a month without food, but only a few days without water.
  • Water is the most important nutrient for active people.
  • When you sweat, you lose water, which must be replaced. Drink fluids before, during and after workouts.
  • Water is a fine choice for most workouts. However, during continuous workouts of greater than 90 minutes, your body may benefit from a sports drink.
  • Sports drinks have two very important ingredients: Electrolytes and carbohydrates.
  • Sports drinks replace electrolytes lost through sweat during workouts lasting several hours.
  • Carbohydrates in sports drinks provide extra energy. The most effective sports drinks contain 15 to 18 grams of carbohydrate in every 8 ounces of fluid.

In summery, you don’t have to drown yourself. Just try to be sure you aren’t drinking too little water for a well hydrated body.

Author: Jeni

Certified by the Professional School of Fitness and Nutrition in March, 1995; honored for exemplary grades. Practicing fitness and nutrition for over 20 years. Featured in the Feb. 1994 issue of "Shape" magazine. Featured in Collage in the spring issue of 1995 Low fat recipe's published in Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, among others. September, 2001: Featured in "Winning The War on Cholesterol" By Rodale Publishing