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"Hydration: Are You Drinking Enough Water?"

Nearly 70% of Canadians are chronically dehydrated!



Water – it's a fundamental element of life, essential for our bodies to function properly. From regulating body temperature to aiding digestion and nutrient absorption, the importance of staying hydrated cannot be overstated. Yet, despite being bombarded with messages about the importance of hydration since childhood, many of us still struggle to drink enough water each day.




So, the question begs: Are you drinking enough water, or are you chronically dehydrated?


The truth is, most of us fall short when it comes to meeting our daily hydration needs. Factors such as busy lifestyles, lack of awareness, and simply forgetting to drink water throughout the day all contribute to chronic dehydration.


But why does it matter? What are the consequences of not drinking enough water?

First and foremost, dehydration can have a significant impact on our physical health. 


Even mild dehydration can lead to symptoms such as 

  • Fatigue

  • Headaches

  • Dizziness


Chronic dehydration can 

  • Impair cognitive function

  • Negativley affect your mood and overall well-being

  • Exacerbate existing health conditions, such as kidney stones and urinary tract infections.


Beyond the physical effects, dehydration can also take a toll on our mental and emotional health. Studies have shown that even mild dehydration can negatively impact mood and cognitive performance, leading to increased feelings of anxiety and stress.


So, how much water should you be drinking each day?


While the "eight glasses a day" rule is a common guideline, the reality is that our individual hydration needs can vary based on factors such as age, weight, activity level, and climate. 


A more accurate recommendation is to start with

your weight in pounds and multiply by 2/3 (0.67)


For a 190-pound person, that would look like

190 x 2/3 = 127 ounces or 3.5 litres of water daily 


However, it's important to listen to your body and drink when you feel thirsty, as thirst is a clear indicator that your body needs hydration.


Fortunately, staying hydrated doesn't have to be a daunting task. Here are a few simple tips to help you drink more water throughout the day:


  1. Carry a reusable water bottle with you wherever you go. Having water readily available makes it easier to stay hydrated on the go.

  2. Set reminders on your phone or computer to drink water at regular intervals throughout the day.

  3. Flavor your water with fruits, herbs, or a splash of citrus juice to make it more enjoyable.

  4. Eat water-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables, which can contribute to your overall hydration levels.

  5. Start and end your day with a glass of water to kickstart your hydration in the morning and replenish any fluids lost overnight.



Remember, staying hydrated is not just about drinking water when you're thirsty – it's about making hydration a priority and recognizing its importance in maintaining overall health and well-being. So, the next time you reach for that glass of water, remember that you're not just quenching your thirst – you're nourishing your body and fueling your life.


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