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Drink Up: National Nutrition Month

Hello Healthy,

Our beautiful home state is thriving with lush rivers, lakes and springs. Our water system provides irrigation for our agriculture, energy for our homes and clean filtered drinking water straight to our faucet. We are lucky to have an abundance of such an important resource. Water is just as important to our personal health as it is to the health of Idaho.

Idaho riverbed

Did you know that our body can go up to six weeks without food, but no more than a week or so without water? Water makes up about 70 percent of our body, can you imagine the issues caused when we deprive ourselves of our number one nutrient? Water is necessary in your daily diet, no questions asked. A huge number of health issues can be avoided just by upping your water intake. There is really no reason not to stay hydrated.

Ways to know you should drink more water:

  • Lack of energy

  • Joint stiffness

  • Constipation

  • Dry skin

  • Headaches

  • Weight gain

  • Bladder infections

  • Acne

  • Poor immune system

  • High blood pressure

  • Slow metabolism

  • The sun is out

  • You’re thirsty

  • You worked out that day

  • You thought about working out that day

  • There’s a glass of water in front of you

Ways to know you should drink less water:

  • Your water is actually soda or sugary juice
  • You are drowning (Overhydration, while rare, can actually be a serious and dangerous issue. Learn more about overhydration here.)

Challenge yourself: one of the easiest (and cheapest) ways to improve your health is to drink more water. Try carrying a water bottle if you don't already. It is a simple step to a healthier you. 

Until Next Week,

Eat Smart Idaho, University of Idaho Extension