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Are You Dehydrated? How To Drink For Optimal Hydration

Written by: Dr. Nikki Cohen, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.

 

Water. It’s the most important fluid you can consume. Water is essential for life and is involved in virtually all functions of the human body.¹ You’ve likely been taught to drink 64oz of water a day, and although this may be true, did you know that there’s a preferred way to get in this 64ozs? It’s true!

Cropped shot of female athlete holding her water bottle.

The Facts


The human body is made up of about 70% water and drinking water is very important for health and wellness.


Drinking water supports your digestion, heart and liver function, keeps your skin supple, and so much more.


If you don’t drink enough water each day, it could impact the way your body looks, works, and feels.


Some of the most common conditions related to not drinking enough water are constipation and headaches, and evidence indicates an association between lower fluid intake and intestinal constipation.


The Best Way To Drink Water


The human body is best hydrated if it’s given fluid slowly but surely, which is about 1oz of water every 15 minutes.


Your body doesn’t have a “storage facility” for water, so if you’re drinking more than 1oz every 15 minutes, you’ll most likely just pee it out.


So basically, taking a shot of water every 15-20 minutes will ensure you’re giving your body the amount of water it needs at the rate it can use it, keeping you hydrated and preventing common ailments like constipation and headaches!


Pearl Of Wisdom


If you wake up more than 1-2 times at night to pee, consider you’re drinking too much water at night.


Instead of trying to make up for the water you didn’t drink during the day by drinking more at night, consider keeping a bottle with you and taking a sip every 15-20 minutes.


This will ensure you’re staying hydrated and getting the sleep you need!


Take Home Message


Spreading out your water intake throughout the day is the best way to stay hydrated. Avoid chugging a bunch of water at once, as this will likely cause you to pee more and wake up at night to pee.


If you take a shot of water every 15 minutes and are awake for 16 hours, then you’ll easily get in the recommended 64oz of water each day!


Want More Information?


For more information on other tips to improve bladder control issues, Bladder Essentials online course is perfect! It will give you the essential information on how diet, posture and stress impacts your bladder health with super simple tools and tricks of the trade to start improving your bladder issues today.


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Dr. Nikki Cohen, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

Dr. Nikki is a Doctor of Physical Therapy specializing in Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and is a passionate leader in transforming women’s healthcare. She saw a gap in the care of women firsthand and developed a proprietary methodology in providing 1:1 patient care, as well as offering essential information online. Founder of The Organic PT, Dr. Nikki takes the awkwardness out of potentially embarrassing issues and empowers women with knowledge to take back control in their health, wellness and life.

 

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