Science Daily just reported on a very interesting study you can read here.

The study found that in the elderly, their brain processes information differently than in younger people, essentially shutting off the “I’m thirsty and need more water” signal prematurely. So, less water “satisfies” the person, even though it’s insufficient to maintain proper hydration.

This speaks to the need to approach hydration from a more conscious and intentional perspective. If you only drink when you’re thirsty, odds are it’s already too late and you are dehydrated. I grew up in Tucson and it gets pretty hot there in the summertime. I spent a LOT of time outdoors growing up, regardless of the heat. One thing I learned, if you wait until you are thirsty, it’s too late. You have to drink pre-emptively. And while that is absolutely true and imperative in harsh climates, I think it’s also true in our day to day lives. Don’t drink water based purely on the thirst response. Drink water intentionally with the goal of getting a certain amount in each day. How much? A lot of people have a lot of different ideas on this but here’s what Pete (Egoscue) tells people on the radio show: take your body weight, divide it in half, and then drink that many ounces of water a day. So if you weigh 150 pounds, you’ll drink 75 ounces of water a day. Coffee and soda doesn’t count. In fact, it actually subtracts because your body has to use water stores to flush these things out of the body. So take that target volume and then you’ll have to add to it when you drink thinks like caffeine and sodas.

Almost every person who walks in our clinic is chronically dehydrated, and given how important water is to proper muscle and nerve function, they can improve the way their bodies feel and function simply by drinking more water.

So during this holiday season, enjoy the food and drink at your table, but don’t forget the water!

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