Healthy Hydration Part 2 (DEF)
Healthy hydration is important for general health and well-being, and we’re looking at the A-Z of tips, strategies and useful information to help you stay on track and look after yourself!
D is for DRINK!
Keeping the body hydrated helps the heart more easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles. And, it helps the muscles remove waste so that they can work efficiently.
A person who perspires heavily will need to drink more than someone who doesn’t. Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease, may also mean you need to drink more to avoid over-taxing the heart or other organs.
Thirst isn’t the best indicator that you need to drink. If you get thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.
The easiest thing to do is pay attention to the color of your urine. Pale and clear means you’re well hydrated. If it’s dark, then drink more fluids!
“E” is for ENVIRONMENT
We all know it’s important to stay well hydrated, but the next time you reach into the fridge for a plastic bottle filled with water, juice, or soft drink, have a little think about your options.
What’s going to happen to the bottle when you’re finished? Are you going to throw it in the bin so it goes off into land fill? Is there a better way?
ABSOLUTELY! The great news is that there are wonderful reusable water bottles available for you to fill up with tap water any time you need to, saving you money and improving your health!
What’s more, when you’re organised with your reusable water bottle, you can avoid the empty calories that go with soft drinks, fruit juices and energy drinks.
Maybe it’s time to fall in love with your water bottle again if it’s been a while, and create some new healthy habits!
(We splashed out on our water bottles …we decided we’re worth it!)
“F” is for FUN!
Love and Laughter really is the best medicine! When we were nurses we saw this phenomenon everyday.
We are all rushed off our feet as a standard these days, and making the time for fun is more crucial than ever!
What makes you smile? When did you last have tears of laughter running down your face?
Mine was last Friday at the Mothers Day morning tea at my daughter Addison’s kinder. She was in squeals of absolute belly giggles trying to sing the Mr Clickety Cane silly song about washing your face in orange juice, clean your teeth with bubble gum etc (now stuck in my head daily). The sheer carefree joy was just awesome to see, and laughter really is contagious!
And remember- the mere act of smiling can release endorphins!