We’ve all heard that to be healthy we should drink eight glasses of water a day. Dr. Zaheeruddin Syed, a family medicine physician with Lee Health, says drinking water helps with digestion and weight loss. “You need water for your skin, for yout organs, for cellular respiration, for digestion, and to just clean all the toxins out of your body.”
But many patients don’t get enough water each day. “We look at your health, we look at the climate, we look at your sex, male verses female, we look at whether you’re an athlete or not and we look at health problems. All of those factors into how much more or less you want to drink,” said Dr. Syed.
On average, it’s recommended we drink between six to eight glasses of water a day. But if you’re exercising or outside working, doctors recommend drinking two and a half cups more. “When you go outside, you sit in a car, or you walk outside, you’re going to sweat. So you’re losing fluid, you have to compensate for that,” said Dr. Syed.
Certain foods can also provide the body with water. Foods like lettuce, watermelon, and spinach.
“Two things we look at are urine output. You want to look at your urine and see how frequently you are going to the restroom. If you’re going once a day or your urine is a dark yellow, then that kind of gives an indication systemically that I’m not getting enough water. I need to drink more,” said Dr. Syed.
Symptoms of dehydration are feeling tired, dizzy, or lightheaded. “The other thing is thirst mechanism. If you feel thirsty, or if you have a dry tongue, a dry mouth, your eyes are dry. Then that gives you an idea too,” said Dr. Syed.
Doctors encourage people to keep their body hydrated even if you’re not thirsty. It’s important to make sure you’re giving your body the fluid it needs to function.
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