LET’S TALK HYDRATION // • • •
Common sense indicates that staying hydrated is essential, with 64-ounces a day being the standard…though activity levels, diet, gender and age seem to suggest that maybe it’s a bit more nuanced than that. The not-so-good effects on cognitive performance during mild dehydration, show itself in areas like problem-solving, vigilance, mood, headache, and increased task difficulty. • • •
How to personally mange your hydration level • • •
THIRST: When you’re thirsty, you’re already 1-2% dehydrated. Drink up!
BODY WEIGHT: For 7 consecutive days, weigh yourself when you wake up in the morning. Rather than taking an average weight, look for three similar body weights — this is your body weight baseline. Going forward, check your body weight to see if it changes. A pint is a pound — so if your body weight is one pound less than your baseline weight, you are one pint dehydrated.
URINE COLOR: If it’s is pale yellow or the color of straw, that means your body is releasing water and you’re adequately hydrated. If it’s dark, your body is retaining water and that means you need to drink more. If it’s clear every time or several times a week, you’re probably drinking more than you actually need. ⚪️ 💧 ⚪️ 📸: @thetrp