14 Aug Wat-er we thinking?
We’ve been experiencing very hot days. Sometimes I forget to drink water!
What water does for you:
Moistens tissues such as those in the mouth, eyes and nose.
Regulates body temperature.
Protects body organs and tissues.
Helps prevent constipation.
Lessens the burden on the kidneys and liver by flushing out waste.
Helps dissolve minerals and other nutrients to make them accessible to the body. Carries nutrients and oxygen to cells.
Lack of water:
Can lead to dehydration. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.
Mild to moderate dehydration is likely to cause:
Dry, sticky mouth
Sleepiness or tiredness — children are likely to be less active than usual
Few or no tears when crying
Dizziness or lightheadedness
Severe dehydration, a medical emergency, can cause:
Extreme fussiness or sleepiness in infants and children; irritability and confusion in adults
Very dry mouth, skin and mucous membranes
Lack of sweating
Shriveled and dry skin that lacks elasticity and doesn’t “bounce back” when pinched into a fold
Low blood pressure
Unfortunately, thirst isn’t always a reliable gauge of the body’s need for water, especially in children and older adults.
So my question is simple…wat-er we thinking when we don’t drink enough water?!
Yikes! Go get a drink!