Dehydration can be deadly, and according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, most people have a hard time figuring out the right amount of water their body needs to keep running. To make it easier, two researchers from the University of New Hampshire developed a simple tool to measure hydration and provide water intake recommendations for healthy, active individuals.
The amount of water someone needs to stay adequately hydrated depends on the body’s constant shifts in temperature and weight, the intensity and duration of exercise, as well as the meals consumed throughout the day. The human body is 66 percent water, but can fluctuate in a variety of different ways. It’s confusing, but researchers think they have found two ways to avoid dehydration.
Keeping the body in balance is key to hydration, because individuals can fall short and overdue their water intake. Simply asking yourself “Am I drinking enough?” is an easy, inexpensive way to determine if water intake and outtake throughout the day is considered healthy, usually between 2.5 and 4 eight-ounce cups of water each day.
I – Word Understanding
Dehydration – losing water or moisture
Hydration – absorbing water or other liquid
II – Have Your Say
1. Are you drinking enough water?
Here are the best times in the day to drink water that could maximize its
– effectiveness on your body:
– After waking up
– Before a meal
– Before a bath
– Before sleep
2. Is sparkling water or green tea as healthy as regular water? Please share your opinion.
3. Did you know? Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
Please share what you know about dehydration and the most common way of
dealing or treating it.