Wednesday, August 24, 2011

H-2-Oh! Why OMNI Medical Center Wants You to Stay Hydrated!

With temperatures still in the 90s (or higher in some parts of the country!), it's definitely important to stay hydrated while you're on the OMNI Medical Center weight loss program.

According to the Mayo Clinic, water is your body's principal chemical component and makes up about 60% of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water. 

Water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells, and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues. 

Lack of water can lead to dehydration (which is a condition that occurs when you don't have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions). Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.

So how much water do we need to drink daily? Every day we lose water through our breath, sweat, urine and bowel movements. For our bodies to function properly, we must replenish our own water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water.

The Institute of Medicine (as well as our wellness consultants at OMNI Medical Center ) advises that men consume roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day and women consume 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day.
Even apart from the above approaches, if you drink enough fluid so that you rarely feel thirsty and produce 1.5 liters (6.3 cups) or more of colorless or slightly yellow urine a day, your fluid intake is probably adequate. 

If you're concerned about your fluid intake, you can check with one of OMNI Medical Center's doctors or one of our medical weight loss professionals. He or she can help you determine the amount of water that's best for you.

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Cheers to more water, less dehydration, and even better weight loss results!
--The OMNI Medical Center Team

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