Thirsty Thursday – Hydration
Happy Thirsty Thursday.
Summer is upon us (those of us in the Northern Hemisphere), and many places are experiencing record highs this year. It’s hot out there, so remember to hydrate. Also remember alcoholic beverages are not considered hydrating because the alcohol removes hydration from the body, causing dehydration (one of the aspects of a hangover).
But what about reports that say drinking too much water is bad for you?
I’m glad you asked.
The Mayo Clinic says, “Drinking too much water is rarely a problem for healthy, well-nourished adults. Athletes occasionally may drink too much water in an attempt to prevent dehydration during long or intense exercise.”
What about the advice to drink 8 glasses a day?
The Mayo Clinic says, “… it’s a reasonable goal. Most healthy people can stay hydrated by drinking water and other fluids whenever they feel thirsty. For some people, fewer than eight glasses a day might be enough. But other people might need more.”
Some people say they just don’t like the taste of water. In answer to that, many companies have flavored water and water flavorings one can add themselves. The Mayo Clinic says, “You don’t need to rely only on water to meet your fluid needs. What you eat also provides a significant portion. For example, many fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon and spinach, are almost 100% water by weight. In addition, beverages such as milk, juice and herbal teas are composed mostly of water … But go easy on sugar-sweetened drinks.”
For more information, visit the Mayo Clinic’s website here: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256#:~:text=When%20you%20drink%20too%20much,it%20can%20be%20life%2Dthreatening.
To our friends and Stitchers currently enjoying winter, remember you need to stay hydrated too!