Staying Hydrated for Your Health

Drinking fluids is a vital way to stay healthy and maintain the functionality of your body, including your heart, brain, and muscles. Fluids bring nutrients to your cells, while also flushing out bacteria from your bladder and preventing constipation from occurring.

Your body depends on water to survive. Your cells, tissues, and organs need water in order to work properly. Your body uses water to do a lot of things, like maintaining a regular temperature and lubricating your joints. It is required for overall good health. At O’Connor Health Center in San Jose, we want to help you make choices to help your body stay on track. This includes educating you on how to properly hydrate your body.

Sometimes it is hard to stay hydrated, and a lot of adults are dehydrated. Here is a list of some tips that can help:

  •         Reusable water bottles are a great way to be able to have water near you all day and to also help the environment at the same time.
  •         Adding a slice of lemon or other fruit is a great way to add some flavor to your water.
  •         Drink water before, during, and after a workout.
  •         Thirst is often confused with hunger. Drink some water and you will be able to tell if you’re hungry or not because true hunger will not be satisfied by drinking water.
  •         Drink water when you wake up, at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and when you go to bed. Or, drink a small glass of water at the beginning of each hour. Figure out a schedule that works for your lifestyle.
  •         Drinking water may also contribute to a healthy weight-loss plan.
  •         Ask for water at restaurants. It’s 100% better for you than soda, it will keep you hydrated, and it’s free. Save that money!

(this list was compiled from information provided by

It is possible to drink too much water, especially if you have certain health conditions like thyroid problems, kidney, liver or heart problem, or taking medications that make you retain water. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! At O’Connor Health Center in San Jose, we are here to help answer any questions you might have. Call us at (650) 334-1010 to schedule a consultation.

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