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Drink Up
Danica Edelbrock, M.S.

Winter months bring about cool, dry weather. By the time we feel thirsty we are already partially dehydrated. Please remember to drink frequently. A good “estimate” is half of your body weight in ounces. So, if you are 160lbs an ideal starting point for your daily water intake would equal roughly 80 ounces (8-10 glasses).

Here is a list of reminders as to why it is SO important to stay hydrated. Dehydration may

1. Cause bad breath
2. Cause cravings for sugar
3. Wreck a workout
4. Dry out skin
5. Cause hypersensitivity
6. Cause exhaustion
7. Cause shivering, dizziness, muscles cramps, or blurred vision
8. Cause headaches and constipation

A quick way to test your hydration is with your urine color. The darker it is, the more dehydrated you are. Urine color may be affected by medications, supplements or medical conditions so please only use this as a basic guide!
How hydrated are you?

Urine color guide.  Source: https://resolveok.com/2019/05/28/heatstress/hydration/

 

Danica Edelbrock, M.S. is an Exercise Physiologist with over 20 years experience developing specialized exercise programs.

 

 

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