Are you drinking enough water today?

man drinks water in fall

It’s a wet and rainy day in the DMV area today–so what better topic is there to talk about than water!

Water is extremely important–not just for the world we live in but also for our bodies. I’m sure you have probably heard by now that our bodies are made up of 50-75% water. That’s A LOT of water! Just think about it–no wonder we tend to feel terrible when we get dehydrated. Our bodies need water to function properly.

Dr. Loerch from our Fairfax clinic has talked about the importance of drinking water (especially when the heat and humidity is up) in one of our past blog posts, but did you know that it’s just as important to stay hydrated when you’re cold?

Have you ever noticed that you don’t feel as thirsty in the fall and winter? It’s certainly harder to tell if you are dehydrated when you are cold. In fact, studies have shown that cold exposure can decrease a person’s thirst by 40% (1). Because of this, it is even more important during the colder months to not just go by your body’s signal for thirst, but to also REMEMBER to drink more water.

One thing you can do to drink more water is keep track of your water intake. Carry a water bottle around with you and keep track in your phone how many bottles you drink per day. Better yet, make it a competition with your family members! Also, take some time to read this blog post about the signs of dehydration and the harmful effects of dehydration.

Just remember, even a nagging headache can sometimes be healed with an increase in water consumption!

Stay dry today folks…and also hydrated.

  1. Kenefick RW, Hazzard MP, Mahood NV, and Castellani JW. Thirst sensations and AVP responses at restand during exercise-cold exposure. Med Sci and Sports Exerc. 1528-1534 (2004).

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  • […] Dehydration occurs when the body does not have enough water and other fluids to function properly. Most nutrients in the body are transported through the blood, and in the body of a dehydrated person, the blood is often thicker and doesn’t transport the nutrients as well. This often causes the dehydrated person to crave foods that are sweet because traditionally, those foods that had high sugar content also have had high water content (ie. fruits). […]

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