Is your H2O too low?

By Cody Frank

Fall is upon us and just because you are drinking pumpkin lattes and sporting a scarf doesn’t mean that you should decrease your water intake. As the weather becomes cooler and the air drier your craving for water can diminish.

The Institute of Medicine shows that the adequate intake (AI) for men is around 3 liters (~ 13 cups) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is 2.2 liters (~ 9 cups) of total beverages a day. Water comprises around 60% of your body weight.  Your body system depends on water because it is the main chemical component.

When your body is dehydrated it means that there is not enough water in your body to process normally. Tiredness and decreased energy could be a sign of mild dehydration.

Below are some tips to keep your hydration at it’s flyest. Remember it’s vital to your health to drink water in the colder seasons as you do in the warm seasons.

1. Drink a glass of water before each meal and before/after you exercise.

2.  Eat high water content food such as tomatoes and watermelon.

3.  Drink your morning tea.

4. Switch to decaf after noon because caffeine is a diuretic = dehydrating.

5.  Adjust your total fluid intake based on your exercise, health conditions, environment, and pregnancy or breast-feeding.

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