Friday, November 30, 2007
As a part of one of my team's Christmas challenge, I am supposed to blog about one of these energy drainers and FIX the problem. This will be in sequence everyday so stay tuned for the next 9. I am not letting in on the all of them in the first entry itself.
Dehydration causes your body to conserve energy by decreasing blood circulation. This deprives your muscles of oxygenated blood and causes you to become fatigued, Dr. Lipsky says. Even mild dehydration can make you feel lethargic. Symptoms include constipation; rough, dry skin; dry tongue, lips and mucous membranes; dark, strong-smelling urine; thirst; weakness; and fatigue. Be sure to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. Your urine should be pale yellow, says Dr. Lipsky. If it's not, keep drinking until the color changes. Replace lost fluids during a workout by having 4 to 6 ounces of water every 15 to 20 minutes, advises Kristine Clark, PhD, RD, director of sports nutrition at Pennsylvania State University. Weigh yourself before and after you exercise, and drink 16 ounces (two cups) for every pound lost, she says.
I was not always a good water drinker. I didn't used to drink anything (no coke, pepsi, juice, tea, etc). I used to drink 4-6 glasses of water. Then when I was in my 3rd year of Pharmacy College, during my internship, one of the ladies I worked with mentioned the importance of water. Since then there was no looking back. I am usually FOUND with a bottle of water in my hand. I keep a bottle of water in my car always ! Even if I am leaving the house for 5 mins to run an errand, I take my bottle with me.