Think Thin Thursday ~ The "Skinny" on Hydration

By
Real Estate Agent with Florida Supreme Realty SL514814

This idea of hydration or lack thereof has been discussed by many experts espousing how much is enough and what are the minimum requirements. The right answer depends on the individual. Gender, age, weight, activity, climate and metabolism all play their parts. The easiest way to determine if your water (fluid) intake is enough look no further than the color of your urine. The lighter the better although only to a point. Clear to pale yellow is acceptable while darker yellow can mean you're dehydrated. Another common symptom is fatigue and or lack of focus. If you like numbers divide your weight by 2 and that's the number of liquid ounces you should drink each day. Generally, women need less than men. however, one half ounce to three fourths of an ounce per pound of body weight is a good rule of thumb with the higher range acceptable for athletes or if you happen to sweat a lot.

 

Americans don't drink enough water. About 25% of the population would be considered as dehydrated while the rest are "chronically" dehydrated. I used the word "skinny" because water can help you lose weight. It's nature's calorie free, sugar free thirst quencher. Drink it COLD for best results but you'll need to do one thing to start the process. Well, actually 3 things but they're all the same. Add an 8 ounce glass of water to your diet right before every meal. Your cells will thank you for it! This is not a quick weight loss program, however, without changing anything else in your daily habits you can expect a loss of between 7 to 12 pounds within two to three months. Add some minor nutrition changes and a little exercise and those numbers could easily double. I have written about the benefits of drinking water previously and am including teas, coffee, juices and even milk as added sources of water in your diets. Regular sodas have not made the cut although diet soda I'll reluctantly include. Even the foods we eat have water in them which comprise about 20% of our total fluid intake on average. Remember, sports and energy drinks have their place but check those labels for caffeine and sugar boosts that may hurt your efforts. 

Yes, you can have too much of a good thing therefore the suggestion will be to gradually make these adjustments in monthly increments. You might feel bloated those first few weeks but that will soon pass and you will be on your way to a healthier life. Susceptible to kidney stones? Drink more water. Headaches get you down? Drink more water. Is your skin dry? Drink more water. There are hundreds of reasons to drink more and none, if any, to ever drink less. When we consider that our bodies are 60% water it makes perfect sense to give it what it thrives on. Can we agree with that?

Irritability can be a sign of dehydration and my literal solution to that is when you're thirsty, drink water. We sometimes trick ourselves and fail to satisfy the urge to have a glass of water only to the detriment of our normal bodily functions. People often confuse the feeling of being hungry with that of thirst. When in doubt drink something, anything that's relatively healthy. Kidney patients and diabetics know the difference and if not they certainly should be able to recognize the life threatening effects of both.

 

Our bodies are continually in a state of adaptation to it's inputs dependent on the needed output. Get to know your body? The sooner the better!  

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Comments (14)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I do drink a fair amount of water, but based on your formulas, probably not enough.

Sep 06, 2018 03:45 AM
Kevin J. May

Hardly anyone drinks enough water but if you choose to up your ounces know that it's calorie free Nina. Got H2O!

Sep 06, 2018 06:38 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH
CRS

Like all those ideas!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

There are hundreds of reasons to drink more and none, if any, to ever drink less. When we consider that our bodies are 60% water it makes perfect sense to give it what it thrives on.

Sep 06, 2018 03:50 AM
Kevin J. May

Thanks Sham, with water there's a 30 day free trial, no strings attached!

Sep 06, 2018 06:40 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kevin. I need to step up  the pace of consumption! Enjoy your day!

Sep 06, 2018 04:20 AM
Kevin J. May

The best part is that it doesn't hurt at all Wayne.

Sep 06, 2018 06:41 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good reminder, Kevin.  I'm one of those that needs to drink more water.

Sep 06, 2018 05:27 AM
Kevin J. May

Gabe, all I can say is give it a try and see what happens.

Sep 06, 2018 06:45 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kevin, I am not good at drinking water, and know these signs, and should do better.

Sep 06, 2018 05:56 AM
Kevin J. May

Even the better half isn't good at it but give her a Pepsi and it's down the hatch. Supersized!

Sep 06, 2018 06:46 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have always known the importance of staying hydrated and drink water throughout the day.  It is dry here, so it is even more important to stay hydrated, especially with the heat that we have.

Sep 06, 2018 07:49 AM
Kevin J. May

Don't forget to tell Woody since he seems to hang around in the desert a lot?

Sep 06, 2018 08:05 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Kevin,

We have 10 ounce glasses and we drink  quite a bit of water, and based on your post, I wil add another glass or two during the day.  A

Sep 06, 2018 11:01 AM
Kevin J. May

I cannot wait to hear about the benefits you notice next month. Drink up my friend!

Sep 06, 2018 12:50 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Kevin- I drink a lot of water and can tell a difference when I haven't had enough. When Larry did his wilderness kayaking trip in the Everglades he had to make sure that he had at least a gallon of water per day that he fit in the kayak!  

Sep 06, 2018 05:34 PM
Kevin J. May

Potable water is a scarcity there and between Larry's effort, the heat and basic function even a gallon sounds minimalistic. I bet it was a fantastic journey. Keep up the great work Kathy!

Sep 07, 2018 10:05 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Kevin,
I always have a bottle of water with me, in the car or on the course.  But, still, I probably don't drink enough.

Sep 07, 2018 07:31 AM
Kevin J. May

Carol, this time of year here in 9 holes 24 ounces could easily be consumed. On the links I might say to you "drink up I see you're behind" or is it your behind?

Sep 07, 2018 10:00 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I definitely need to drink more water and reduce my consumption of diet colas.

Sep 10, 2018 05:49 AM
Kevin J. May

Water or some of that "craft" beer works well. Diet soda, not so much!

Sep 10, 2018 09:53 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Reading this I'm reminded just how thirtsy I am. I need to step away from the computer and hydrate!

Sep 12, 2018 02:18 PM
Kevin J. May

If this was Blue Collar Comedy I'd say "there's your sign", thank you Sharon!

Sep 14, 2018 09:23 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Hi Kevin J. May I drink half my body weight in ounces of water every day..... it's a healthy amount....too much can be toxic.... just as being dehydrated can be critical.... blood pressure can "tank".... 

Sep 13, 2018 05:04 PM
Kevin J. May

The toxicity comes about when exceeding what the kidneys can do. They can handle filtering 5 gallons a day no problem but even a quart consumed too quickly can bring on hypotremia in some. Talk about bloating, thanks Barbara!

Sep 14, 2018 09:34 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kevin --- your post is definitely good "food for thought ".  Quite refreshing. 

Sep 14, 2018 04:19 AM
Kevin J. May

You're telling me it provided some mind quenching also? Drink up Michael! Thank You

Sep 14, 2018 09:36 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

I do my best to drink the required water each day. I know it's good for you and I am a founding member of a Facebook group of ladies who encourage each other to consume our daily requirements of water. Thanks for reminding us how important it is.

Sep 14, 2018 03:49 PM
Kevin J. May

You're welcome Pat, and thank you for encouraging others too.

Sep 14, 2018 06:30 PM