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Ten Tips For Maintaining Proper Hydration

[fa icon="calendar"] Jul 28, 2015 6:00:00 PM / by Eldorado Natural Spring Water

Hydration tipsThe Nutrition Information Center at the New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center offers the following tips for maintaining proper hydration:

  1. Follow conventional wisdom—drink at least eight, eight-ounce servings of water each day. The more time you spend outside, the more water you need to replenish lost fluids.

  2. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink water. By the time you feel thirsty, you probably have already lost two or more cups of your total body water.

  3. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Convenience is a must, so carry a bottle of water with you as you commute to work, run errands or enjoy the day at the beach or in the mountains.

  4. Don't substitute caffeinated coffees, teas and sodas for water. Caffeine acts as a diuretic, causing you to lose water through increased urination. Alcoholic beverages have a similar effect.

  5. Keep a bottle of water on your desk if finding time to drink water is a problem. Or, visit the office water cooler and take a water break rather than a coffee break.

  6. Once you start exercising, don't stop drinking. Keep a bottle of water with you and take frequent water breaks.

  7. Don't underestimate the amount of fluids lost from perspiration. You need to drink two cups of water for each pound lost following a workout.

  8. Start and end your day with a serving of water. Your body loses water while you sleep. So drink a serving before bed and again when you wake up.

  9. Don't forget that common maladies such as colds and the flu can frequently lead to dehydration. Keep a large bottle of water next to your bed so you can sip it throughout the day without having to get up.

  10. Remember that when it's warm outside, cold water—not carbonated soft drinks or sport drinks—is the best fluid for keeping hydrated. Cool water is absorbed much more quickly than warm fluids and may have a positive effect on cooling off your overheated body.

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