Anita Capizzi RN, CHC
Anita's Healthy Tips
Our bodies are made up of about 75-80% water, most of which is inside our cells. We rely on the regular intake of water for all of our bodily functions. When the inside of our cells get dry our bodies don’t work as well as they could - it’s like we aren’t running on all cylinders. By the time we get thirsty, we may already be dehydrated! Looking for something to eat, sweets perhaps? Have a glass of water, wait a bit and then decide if you are really hungry. Dehydration sometimes feels like hunger!
A good rule of thumb is to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water daily. That applies to normal body functions. Exercise and illness demand that we increase that daily requirement accordingly.
Todays tip is this:
Leave a full glass of water by your bedside and drink it first thing in the morning when you wake up, as you make your way in to the bathroom. That way, you have started the day on a positive note, giving life to your cells! Regular sips throughout the day hydrates better than chugging down a glass every now and then. Use the color of your urine as a guidepost to your level of hydration. Urine should be colorless to pale yellow, not dark yellow.
Anita Capizzi, RN, CHC, is a Certified Health Coach at National Integrated Health Associates and graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Her philosphy is to meet people where they are and upgrade their level of nutrition to more healthful eating.