Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Staying Hydrated

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Staying Hydrated

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Last week, we learned that our bodies sweat to cool us down and we must replenish those liquids to keep our body temperature and liquid balance steady. Because our bodies are approximately 60 percent water, it's important to replace the liquid we lose. The physical effects of dehydration can be scary. Warning signs include dizziness, difficulty breathing, vomiting or fatigue.

Another way to tell if you are dehydrated is by examining your urine. Our bodies remove excess water and waste through our urine. If your urine is a dark shade, it can indicate dehydration. If your urine is clear, it can mean over hydrating. Healthy urine should be a straw or light yellow color.

Water is the most common solution for replenishing liquid loss. It's odorless, colorless and tasteless. After continuous consumption, however, it can cause bloat, making it harder to drink the suggested eight glasses a day. To make water more palatable, add fresh fruit or herbs such as mint. …

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