This heat the last several days has reminded all of us how important water is to our health. Dr. Bill Headley of Headley Family Medicine in Jesup, Georgia advises everyone to make sure they are well hydrated especially during a heat wave.
Most of our blood is water and every major organ uses water to function properly. Without enough water the body can not transport oxygen, regulate the body’s temperature, or remove waste from the body.
Dehydration happens when we don’t get enough water. If you have mild dehydration you will feel thirsty and you may have pains in joints and muscles, lower back pain, headaches and constipation.
Your urine should be clear. If it is yellow or amber you need to drink more water. Since we sweat to cool off the water we lose during the hot summer months increases and so should our intake of water. Take your weight in pounds and divide that in half. This will give you the number of ounces of water that you should drink each day. Example: if you weight 150 lbs. ,half of that would be 75 ounces that you should drink.
Water has no calories or added sugar and it is usually easy to get right out of the tap at home. It is the best choice to drink. Sodas with sugar only add empty calories that we really don’t need.