THINK YOU’RE FULLY HYDRATED?
CHECK YOUR PEE!
It may sound a little gross, but there’s a simple and effective way to check whether you are staying fully hydrated during exercise or during a hot summers day: look at the colour of YOUR urine (please please refrain from checking others!).
If your urine has a light colour or is clear then you are drinking enough water, whereas dark-colored urine is a sure sign of dehydration.
Thirst is also a sign of dehydration of course, but experts say that by the time you feel thirsty your body is already dehydrated, with energy levels depleted 20-30 percent.
In the UK a new public-information campaign against heat stroke is built around this detection method, with the slogan “Keep It Light”.
“The guidelines are to drink around seven glasses of water a day and to ensure you urine is a nice light yellow color,” said professor Markus Drake, a consultant at the Bristol Urological Institute. “But drinking any more water or fluids on a regular basis will not add to your health.”
Personally, and this is my professional opinion . . .
When it comes to recommended water intake we need to consider the individual and the above is exactly what it states, it’s a GUIDELINE.
Weight, activity level and environment are just a few of the factors that will determine the individuals required water intake for optimal hydration. For now though let’s at least try to follow the GENERAL guidelines, this will be a GREAT START for the majority of you.
Surveys show the education information is needed: 93% of UK office workers didn’t know that urine colour can signal dehydration.
Only about 4% of people surveyed were drinking the recommended six to eight medium-sized glasses of water daily, and most mistakenly believed they were well-hydrated.
Also 75% said that taking a painkiller would be their first response to a headache, even though many headaches are caused by dehydration and could be remedied simply by drinking water. There’s no reason to think Americans are any better informed.
Hydration tips include:
1) Drink little and often.
2) Make drinking fluids part of your daily routine.
3) Carry a drink with you and make fluid a constant companion.
4) Check the colour of your urine to monitor your hydration levels!
STAYING HYDRATED IS VITAL FOR YOUR BODY TO FUNCTION AT IT’S BEST, WE WILL BE COVERING WATER AND IT’S MANY BENEFITS IN A FUTURE BLOG POST!
AND YES . . .
STAYING HYDRATED WILL ABSOLUTELY HELP YOU LOOK BETTER NAKED 😉