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Monday, November 10, 2008

Water - Quick Facts

How much water should you drink each day? -
Your water needs depend on many factors:

  • Your health

  • How active you are, and

  • Where you live.
    Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water.
    Factors that influence water needs-

  • Exercise

  • During long bouts of intense exercise,

  • Environment.

  • Illnesses or health conditions.
    Dehydration Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don't have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions.
    Signs and symptoms of dehydration include:

  • Mild to excessive thirst

  • Fatigue

  • Headache

  • Dry mouth

  • Little or no urination

  • Muscle weakness

  • Dizziness

  • Lightheadedness
    As you get older your body is less able to sense dehydration and send your brain signals of thirst. Excessive thirst and increased urination can be signs of a more serious medical condition. Talk to your doctor if you experience either.
    IMPORTANT TIPS: To ward off dehydration

  • Drink a glass of water with each meal and between each meal.

  • Hydrate before, during and after exercise.

  • Substitute sparkling water for alcoholic drinks at social gatherings.
    If you need help in calculating your fluid intake, check with our dietitian. He or she can help you determine the amount of water that's best for you

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