Thursday, May 9, 2013

Are You Drinking Enough Water?

Especially with exam week and the beginning of the summer semester approaching, combined with the warmer temperatures outside, there is no time like the present to monitor the amount of water that you are drinking.   Dehydration from perspiration and drinking dehydrating liquids in the form of caffeine, alcohol and sugar can elevate the level of stress hormones in your body, thereby stifling your ability to think clearly.   Keep in mind that the brain is made up of about 80% water.  To stay sharp, you need to rehydrate on a regular basis and aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces and strive to increase that amount as the weather warms up or during periods of exercise. 
One way to determine exactly how much water you need in light of exercise duration or climate factors is to complete the fields in this hydration calculator.  It calculates an ideal amount of water to aim for based on your weight, climate, exercise frequency and other factors. 
The bottom line is, when in doubt, you can’t go wrong by drinking half of your body weight in ounces as as a start with the summer fast approaching and a faster paced academic semester.
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