Living in Hawaii, we are lucky enough to have warm weather year-round. Thus, staying well hydrated is even more important.
Whether you’re out surfing, hiking, enjoying the beach or attacking your daily activities, remember to stay well hydrated throughout the day.
Here are a few frequently asked questions I receive from patients.
Why is hydration important?
Our bodies need a certain amount of water to work normally.
Water carries nutrients and oxygen to cells and helps the body absorb minerals and other nutrients. It also supports many of the body’s processes, including metabolism.
How much water should I be drinking?
There is no golden rule that says how much you should drink each day. How much water a person drinks also depends on the individual.
One easy way to determine how much water your body needs is this simple equation:
- Take your weight and divide it by two. This will give you the daily value of water in ounces.
- For example, a person weighing 150 pounds needs to drink 75 ounces of water a day.
How will I know when I am adequately hydrated?
Check your urine. If it’s clear or pale, then you are on the right track. If it’s darker, just keep drinking more water.
A few tips to ensure good hydration:
- Carry your own water bottle with you at all times so you can easily fill it up whenever possible.
- Start drinking water even before you are thirsty.
- Hydrate before, during and after exercising or spending time at the beach.
- Avoid caffeinated beverages like coffee, iced tea and soda, which tend to pull water from the body and make you more dehydrated.
- If you prefer flavored beverages, try water with a slice of cucumber, lemon or mint. Fruit is acidic and can break down the enamel of your teeth slowly, so drinking infused water should not be done regularly.
- When in doubt, water is always best!
Published on: July 3, 2017