Written by Leslie Burgess, N.D.
Naturopathic Doctor, Calm Spirit Acupuncture and Massage, Arvada, Colorado
Everyone has been told to drink more water and stay hydrated, but hydration still tends to be an elusive thing for many people to accomplish. Add living in an arid climate, like Colorado, and it is even harder to remain hydrated. Water is needed by all of our cells to remain healthy.
Let’s take a look at our skin; water is used to produce sweat to cool down your body temperature. It is used in the production of collagen to heal the skin, and aids in providing structure and strength for the top layers of skin cells, thus preventing cracking and intrusion of infectious agents. Without appropriate hydration, our body temperature is harder to control, healing scrapes takes a longer period of time, and we allow for more injury to our skin and potentially contract more infections.
It is suggested that drinking approximately 64 ounces a day will help you to remain hydrated. If you exercise, drink alcohol, live in an arid environment, or work in a hot environment–then 64 ounces might not be enough for your daily intake. Using a hydration calendar can be helpful to see added needs. It is also important to take into consideration the health of your kidneys and how much fluid they are capable of filtering. People with under functioning kidneys may need to drink less water a day but will still remain hydrated. If you find that you are sweating or urinating most of your water and remain dehydrated, you may want to add an electrolyte powder such as Emergen-C.
New Colorado and want help figuring out the suggested amount of water to drink during your outdoor activities? Try using this quick on line hydration calculator: http://www.camelbak.com/HydrationCalculator