Weekly Wellness Update

Week of Jan. 18-22 - Hydration - Physical and Mental Health

The Importance of Hydration: Why drinking enough water is vital for good health

Do you ever have days when you don’t quite feel like yourself? Feeling run down? Lacking energy? Have a bit of a headache? You might be dehydrated. So before you reach for the over-the-counter medication, drink a glass or two of water first. It is likely all you need to start feeling better.

Do you drink enough water each day? Many Canadians don’t. In fact, many people underestimate the important role water plays in keeping us healthy.

What is stopping us from drinking water? Some people simply don’t like it. Others fail to replace the water they lose during exercise. But perhaps the biggest issue is people replacing water with sweetened fruit juices and sugary sodas.

To make matters worse, people have a tendency to drink even less water during the winter. During the summer, people drink water to stay cool, but in the winter, people tend to shy away from cold drinks, especially water.

Regardless of the reason, it’s important to understand the benefits of regularly consuming enough fluids.

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