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Day 1 of Wellness Week: Hydration for a Healthier You!

Day 1 of Wellness Week: Hydration for a Healthier You!

Heather Perry
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Have you ever set goals just for them to fall flat? We often bite off more than we can chew when it comes to goal-setting, especially with health and wellness. Taking smaller steps toward our goals can make them less intimidating and more manageable. The Japanese concept of Kaizen, or continuous improvement, emphasizes making tiny, gradual changes that lead to significant long-term results. Over the next week, this series aims to offer bite-size adjustments towards a healthier lifestyle. Whether you incorporate one or all of these tips, remember any change to move the needle toward wellness is a win.

Welcome to Day one.

Got water? 

Hydration is a great place to start with our wellness. Being hydrated goes far beyond feeling thirsty. It’s important to know the signs of dehydration and the impact hydration plays in our wellness.

It is important to stay hydrated for our overall health and well-being. When we don’t drink enough water, we may experience various symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, dry lips and mouth, and fatigue. Prolonged periods of dehydration can cause serious health issues, including urinary tract infections and kidney stones.

It’s important to understand the significance of staying hydrated and the negative effects of dehydration. This knowledge can help us to make conscious decisions every day to ensure that we are properly hydrated. While some people prefer to drink a gallon of water a day, others believe that 8-10 glasses is enough. Therefore, it’s essential to assess your own fluid intake and determine how much water you are drinking on a daily basis. If you can increase your water intake by even one glass, it’s a step in the right direction.

Here are some tips to help you improve your hydration:
1. Dedicate a water bottle to carry with you throughout the day.
2. Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning and make it a ritual.
3. Choose to switch unhealthy drinks with healthier options like coconut water, tea, or a smoothie.

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Eat your way to hydration

Discover a refreshing way to stay hydrated – through the foods you eat!
Nature offers us a variety of hydrating foods that not only quench our thirst but also nourish our bodies. Here is a short list of foods and their water content percentage that offer the perfect balance of nourishment and hydration:

1. Lettuce 96%
2. Cucumber 95%
3. Celery 95%
4. Watermelon 92%
5. Strawberries- 91%

Remember that small changes can lead to significant improvements within our health and wellness. Cheers to a healthier and more hydrated you! Drink up and stay tuned for Day 2.

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