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Hydration Tips
1. Your body needs a minimum of 8-10 8 oz glasses of water daily.
2. Caffeine is a diuretic and dehydrates your body.  Drink 2 units of water to every 1 unit of caffeine you consume. 
3. Keep a good quality reusable water bottle with you at all times to ensure you always have water with you so you can stay properly hydrated.
4. Rehydrating a dehydrated body is a slow process therefore it is better to drink water frequently throughout the day to ensure you are getting your daily intake.
5. Did you know that by the time your brain signals your body you are thirsty, your body is already suffering the effects of dehydration.  Keep your water bottle with you where it is accessible and visible at all times to help remind you to drink water regularly.
6. Hunger pains are often confused with dehydration symptoms.  Hunger pains are another method your brain uses to let you know you need to drink water.  Next time you feel hungry, try drinking some water.  You just may find that what your body needed at the time was water not food.
7. Chronic and severe dehydration is a critical issue for seniors.  As your body ages it often misinterprets and therefore ignores the body’s signals to drink water resulting in severe dehydration.  (A great gift for an aging parent in your life is a good quality water bottle and some hydration information.)
8. The colour of your urine is generally a good indication of your level of hydration. The darker the colour the more dehydrated you are likely to be. The lighter/clearer the colour, the more hydrated you are. Go for clear!
9. Water is the essential ingredient your body requires to function properly for two reasons. One is pure hydration the other is that the cells in your body need water so they can work and do their job properly.  If your body is chronically dehydrated it cannot function at optimal levels and neither can you!  When you are chronically dehydrated the water you drink is used to keep your body functioning, not to re-hydrate.
10. Drink water on an empty stomach – first thing in the morning and ½ hour before every meal.  Drinking water on an empty stomach means the water doesn’t have a job to do.  It is what I call free water.  Free water can then be used by the body to rehydrate.  Free water will result in higher energy levels.