1-minute to Better Health: Hydration

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Enter a short description of the image hereThis is not a celebration about all the recent rain in Northern California (yay!); rather, this is about hydration. You might think summer is the time to be reminded about hydration, but many people actually have a harder time drinking enough water during the winter.

Toting a water bottle is a common practice. But, is the typical goal of 8-10 glasses a day right for everyone? More importantly, is it right for you? It might be in the ballpark, but you can get much more specific.

Let’s start with a daily water “formula” based on your weight: drink half your body weight in ounces. If you weigh 140 lbs, then your daily goal would be 70 ounces of water a day. If you weigh 220 lbs, your goal is 110 ounces. Big difference.

Enter a short description of the image hereFrom there, factor in how active you are. More activity/exercise = more sweating = you need more water. And, consider what else you drink: coffee, tea, energy drinks, sodas and alcohol all have a net dehydrating effect, so you need to drink more water (or herbal tea) to make up for those.

Does late afternoon arrive and you realize “I didn’t drink ANY water today!!” Not good. Then you down a couple of big glasses. Better than nothing, but your body will do better with a “drip irrigation” water supply than “all or nothing”.

Enter a short description of the image hereStart your day with warm water or herbal tea, before your coffee or black/green tea. Aim for 6-8 ounces every hour or two, especially in the first part of the day. Taper as the day moves into evening, so you can make your daily allotment without downing several glasses before bed (and having to get up two or three times during the night).

Like your garden, your body will flourish with sufficient and consistent watering!

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by: Kirstin Lindquist, LAc, Energy Matters Acupuncture & Qigong, 4341, Piedmont Ave, 2nd Flr, Oakland, CA 94611. (510) 597-9923.

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