Be sure to keep well-hy­drated

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - YOUR DAILY BREAK - Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen

A thirst for knowl­edge; a thirst for power; peo­ple get thirsty for lots of things. But that’s not sur­pris­ing when you con­sider that our bod­ies are be­tween 50 per­cent (women) and 65 per­cent (men) wa­ter. It’s so im­por­tant to stay hy­drated.

But de­hy­dra­tion can hap­pen to al­most any­one, any­time of the year, whether or not they’re play­ing sports or work­ing out. It hits when you lose more than 2 per­cent of your body weight through a wa­ter deficit. The signs are thirst (if you’re work­ing out, drink be­fore thirst sets in!) and cold legs (es­pe­cially if you’re not work­ing out) pro­gress­ing to dark urine, dizzi­ness, cramps, con­sti­pa­tion, headache and flaky skin.

While it can knock any­one off his or her feet — and into the emer­gency room — it’s es­pe­cially a con­cern for those who work out or avoid drink­ing wa­ter and older folks, who may for­get to drink wa­ter reg­u­larly. (Re­mind your near and dear.)

De­hy­dra­tion can upset the sodium/wa­ter bal­ance in your blood and body, and that desta­bi­lizes your heart­beat (your heart is 73 per­cent wa­ter) as well as the health of your mus­cles (75 per­cent wa­ter), brain and all other or­gans.

How much wa­ter does it take to stay hy­drated? The In­sti­tute of Medicine of the Na­tional Acad­e­mies says thirst can be your guide, but about 91 ounces of wa­ter daily (80 per­cent from drink­ing; 20 per­cent from foods) should be enough for women; 125 ounces a day for men. Those who live in hot cli­mates or ex­er­cise may need more.

Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Well­ness Of­fi­cer and Chair of Well­ness In­sti­tute at Cleve­land Clinic. To live your health­i­est, tune into “The Dr. Oz Show” or visit www.share­care.com.

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