It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class!
There’s a reason why registered dietitians, doctors, physical therapists, moms, dads and pretty much everyone who cares about you is constantly telling you to make sure you get enough water. And you should be telling the people you care about to drink up too.
Every system in your body depends on water to function properly. Think about that one. Dehydration isn’t just a matter of dry mouth and feeling thirsty. When your body doesn’t have the hydration it needs, it can make you tired, which affects you inside and out.
So everyone drink up! Use the 8 by 8 rule as a guide. That’s 8 ounces, 8 times a day.
You regular water drinkers might be surprised that you’re not actually getting enough if you don’t keep track.
And don’t wait until your body tells you it needs water. At that point, it’s difficult to get the amount you need, and it can even be dangerous. Instead, drink water throughout the day. Make it a habit. Eat more fruits and vegetables that have high-water volume such as melon, grapefruit, strawberries, cucumber and celery.
Remember, not getting enough water lowers your energy and bogs you down. Make sure you stay hydrated for a healthier way of life.