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American Stroke Foundation

WellnessWhy Hydrate?

Why Hydrate?

Our bodies can lose water in many ways and that is why it is important to take in water as fast as you lose it. The amount of water you drink daily plays a huge role in your overall health. This presentation will cover the differences between hydration and dehydration, how your health can be affected depending on your daily water intake, recommendations on how much water to drink and when, and tips on how you can stay hydrated.

What is Hydration? (0:49-2:06)

The video begins with discussing what hydration is and how it affects our bodies. Although many people know they need to drink water often, it can be so easy to forget.

Health Benefits of Hydration (2:07-5:01)

Proper hydration does more than just make your mouth happy when you are thirsty, it has many different health benefits.

Dehydration (5:02-6:04)

Dehydration can occur when more water and fluids leave the body than enter it. There are certain people who have a higher risk of dehydration.

Health Effects of Dehydration (6:05-7:02)

There are many health effects that can occur if you become dehydrated. It is always important to monitor your health and symptoms to ensure you aren’t dehydrated.

Dehydration Tests (7:03-8:54)

  • One way that you can try to test if you are dehydrated is this skin test. Although this test isn’t known to be precise every time it doesn’t hurt to try.
  • Another test you can do anytime to see if you are hydrated is to observe the color of your urine. It sounds odd, but your urine is a pretty handy measurement tool for your health.

How Much Water to Drink (8:55-9:50)

You are probably wondering how much water you should be drinking each day. There is not an exact specific amount, but there are recommendations based on different internal and external factors.

When to Drink Water (9:51-10:43)

A lot of people are unaware that there are optimal times throughout the day that are best to hydrate yourself to maximize the water’s effectiveness on your body.

How You Can Stay Hydrated (10:44-12:25)

Here are some tips on how you can stay hydrated during the day. Take a look!

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