Don’t forget to hydrate

Haley Gorrell & Carly Zoller, Writers

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Hydration is very important.  You should always drink plenty of water because it helps your body function properly.  However, during the summer months it is more important because you lose a lot of fluids through sweat because it is hotter outside and you will probably be more active. If you don’t properly hydrate your body, you can become dehydrated. Dehydration can lead to a lot of problems to your health.

Mrs. Marie Menchhofer, school nurse, said, “Usually when your body starts to feel thirsty and when you are ready for a drink, you are already working your way towards being dehydrated.”  She also stated, “Most people should drink about eight full eight-ounce glasses of water per day.”

Mr. Steven Medlock said, strength coach, said,  “Dehydration is when there is more water going out than going into your body.  You should replenish the water lost by drinking fluids with electrolytes in them. Everyd

ay you should drink 0.75 ounces of water per pound of your body weight. Symptoms of dehydration are light headed 

dizziness, dry mouth,

 very dry skin, sleepiness, lack of energy, fainting, and not urinating or having very dark yellow urine.”

According to DripDrop.com, 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. Hydration can help your metabolism. Dehydration is one of the most common risk factors for kidney stones.

Menchhofer added, “Depending on what you are doing, a lot of

people will reference drinking Gatorade for sporting events or when you are extremely active. That is to replace the electrolytes you lose when you sweat or when you are in a high impact activity. Gatorade can be good, but there is a lot of sugar. The best way to stay hydrated is water.”

MedicineNet said, “Up to 75% of the body’s weight is made up of water.”

Remember to stay hydrated all the time and drink lot of water.  When you are outside, drink extra fluids to help avoid dehydration.

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Don’t forget to hydrate