Friday Facts-Hydration

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I’ve always heard that people should drink eight 8 oz. glasses of water per day in order to stay healthy and hydrated. But I started thinking about the fact that I live at 5,430 feet of elevation, and the climate is desert-like. Besides the dry air, I also run almost every day, sometimes up to 10 miles.

I’m guessing the old rule doesn’t hold. Anyway, I found this hydration calculator from Camelbak. It’s not precise, obviously, but it does ask you about your height, weight, age, color of your pee (!) and the activity you are contemplating. So the calculator tells you how much water you likely will need to plan on consuming during and after the activity in order to remain hydrated. Try it and tell me if it works for you!

WebMD tells us that we need between a half an ounce and an ounce per pound of weight per day of water to remain properly hydrated. The higher end is for those who are more active, living in a warm climate. I don’t know how much water I drink every day. The only indicator is that last time I went to give blood, they wouldn’t take me because I was too dehydrated. Bummer. Dehydration can cause kidney stones, too.

I won’t even mention the gallons of coffee and the wine and cocktails that contribute to the situation. I’m going to turn over a new leaf and try to get in an ounce per pound per day. I’ll probably feel better. I’ll keep you posted!

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