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Why Drink Water?

What are the health benefits of drinking water?

Drinking water for health. There are several ways to make your liquids more appealing. Sixty-five percent of the body weight is water. Water keeps the moisture in the body, transporting oxygen to blood, and helps carry nutrients through blood. Typically a person needs to drink six to eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid per day, plus one 8-ounce cup for each hour of light activity.

Dehydration is a serious problem and in graded according to signs and symptoms that reflect the amount of fluid that is lost.

As dehydration increases, signs and symptoms develop. Theses signs include: thirst, sunken eyes, absence of tears when crying vigorously, restless or irritable behavior.

Once dehydration reaches early or mild dehydration there become more obvious signs, such as flushed face, dry or warm skin, urine is strong smelling and dark yellow, dizziness, weakness, and headaches. Then if dehydration grows to moderate or severe the warning signs include: low blood pressure, fainting, convulsions, bloated stomach, fast, weak pulse, skin's loss of firmness, and heart failure.

How do you treat dehydration? If a person is mildly dehydrated, they need to drink enough liquids to replace the fluids that have been lost. Also you need to replace the electrolytes (salts) that have been lost. Drinking sips of water slowly as well as eating a typical American diet, which is high in salt, will replace the salts that have been lost.

Realizing how critical it is to stay hydrated at all times, here are some ideas to spice up regular liquids to help keep hydrated:

*Add a splash of fruit juice for color or flavor

*Make juice cubes (fill an ice cube tray with juice)

*Freeze strawberries in water

*Add a slice of lemon or orange

*Wean off regular juice or punch by diluting the drinks till its half and half

*Fluid rich snacks such as gelatin or freezer pops

*Serve fruits and veggies that are full of water like lettuce, watermelon, broccoli, and grapefruit

*Smoothies using fresh fruit, milk and ice cubes

*Broth based soups are great to re-hydrate people when they are ill

Make sure there are always plenty of liquid, especially the hotter the weather gets and the more energy that is being used. If you have children always encourage them to drink plenty of water as well as other fluids.

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