RN ADVICE: Fluid Fun

Posted on June 1, 2012 by


Coach Peggi Ingram

As the weather warms and we venture to outdoor fun, it is important we pay close attention to our water intake. With increased activities, temperatures and sun exposure, dehydration can happen quickly.  Our bodies are comprised of two thirds water and every bodily operation depends on it. Water:

  • Lubricates and protects joints, bowels and organs
  • Regulates the body temperature
  • Transports nutrients and oxygen into cells
  • Regulates metabolism
  • Detoxifies
  • Prevents disease

When intake is reduced or the demand is increased, the body instinctively rations water to organs.  The brain, the more important organ, gets the majority of water where as the skin the least.  Chronically dry skin and/or dandruff are signs of advanced bodily dehydration, as are asthma and hyperventilation.

While 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated, more than a third of Americans have such a weak thirst mechanism; it is often mistaken for hunger. Did you know a mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fatigue, fuzzy short-term memory, and headaches, including migraines?

To prevent these early symptoms of dehydration, it is imperative to consumer at least 1 gallon of water per day and up to 1 ½ gallon with increased activity or temperature.  The easiest way to stay WELL-HYDRATED is to carry a refillable water bottle at all times and consume 12 oz of water every hour. For OPTIMUM HEALTH, make WATER consumption part of your DAILY ROUTINE.  Keep it Fun!!

Coach Peggi Ingram, RN 

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