We all know that our bodies depend on water to survive. How much water do we actually need per day? And why is it so important that we drink water? First let’s break down the amount of water needed for each person:
o Women: 9 cups per day
o Men: 13 cups per day
o Children: 4-8 year olds need 5 cups; 9-13 year olds need 7-8 cups per day; 12-18 year olds need 8-11 cups of water per day.
What are the benefits of drinking so much water? Water is essential in keeping your body temperature within normal range, cushions your joints, protects your spine, and helps to eliminate waste in your body. On top of those medical reasons, water also helps keep your skin looking healthy and vibrant. If those reasons are not enough, water is also an excellent way to help manage your weight and boosts your energy levels throughout the day!
Tips for drinking enough water:
Try carrying a water bottle with you throughout your day
Skip sugary drinks and hydrate with water instead
Add some lemon or fruit to your water to change up the flavor
Typical Flu Symptoms — body aches, high fever, headache, tiredness, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and a runny nose. Stomach flu main include cramps, vomiting and diarrhea.
When to see the doctor— Typically you don’t need to see the doctor for the flu. With plenty of rest and extra fluids, people recover on their own from the flu within a week or two without any lasting issues. However, some people are at higher risk when they have the flu and need to seek medical attention. Those at risk may include but are not limited to: newborns, people over 65, people with a weakened immune system, pregnant women or those that have diabetes or other chronic diseases like asthma or heart problems.
You may also need to see a doctor if your symptoms escalate to coughing up blood, high fever, trouble breathing, pain in your chest, or if symptoms persist for longer than a week.
Today’s Healthy Habit is about balancing all of the many aspects of our lives. We’re often so busy striving to achieve, working hard, maybe playing hard too, and rushing from one thing to the next that it is hard to do each aspect of life well. Part of living a healthy life is making sure each aspect of our lives is balanced.
- Two main areas we struggle to find balance:
- Between work and play
- Between what others need from us versus what we need for ourselves
We challenge you this week to slow down and enjoy the many blessings we each have in our lives. Look at each aspect of your life and how much time and energy is devoted to each. Is there something you need to start or stop to help bring more balance to your life?