We have been taking care of patients dealing with chronic health conditions for almost 2 decades. We deal a lot with ADD, autism, concussion, memory issues, chronic pain, insomnia and many other issues. One common theme in chronic cases is dehydration. Dehydration is not having enough water in our body. Very few people that come into the office are drinking water on a regular basis. Drinking water is important for optimal health. Coffee and tea don’t count. Soda definitely doesn’t count.

Water helps in waste removal, controlling body temperature, controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Not having enough water in the body has been linked to anxiety, confusion, fatigue headaches, cramping and decreased cognition. We are living in a time that children and adults are staying so busy, they forget to drink water. Or they choose to drink sugar and caffeine laden drinks instead. A recent Harvard study found half of American children are dehydrated. It has also been reported that 1/4 kids don’t drink water on a regular basis and boys are 75% more likely to be not properly hydrated.

There are many formulas for the proper amount of water consumption. I personally like half your body weight in ounces. It’s easy to remember. If you weigh 150 pounds, shoot for 75 ounces of water per day. You also want to look at your urine. It should be light in color on inspection. A person should urinate every 2-4 hours. If you are sitting at the desk from 8-5 every day and not using the restroom, we have a problem. Remember, once we feel thirsty, we are already dehydrated.

Athletes, of course, need even more water. Far too many kids play sports and are not properly hydrated. Reach for the water before you reach for the sports drinks. If you choose to give your child a sports drink also, we encourage you to water it down. So remember to count your water ounces. Invest in your health now or pay the price later. We see this mistake on a daily basis. For more tips check out our Facebook page at The Martin Clinic or check us out on Twitter at DrJ@DrJeremyMartin. Knowledge is important. But even more important is taking action with the knowledge that you have. Have a great day.