Every Friday, we decided to dedicate the daily blog post to keeping your body healthy for the long haul and to maintaining a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being (World Health Organization). Sure, you can pay a premium for a workers compensation or disability policy to supplement your income during sickness or injury, but in these blog posts we will be referring to the little things you can do to maintain long term health and work towards “insuring your body” in a broader sense (note: in terms of workers compensation- the injury must be work-related).
For our first set of tips, we are going to keep it simple, 5 Ways to Stay Hydrated. I wanted to highlight these tips because sometimes people rush through the day without drinking much, which over time can lead to headaches, dizziness and muscle cramps (mayoclinic.com). Staying hydrated is an easy way to begin a healthy lifestyle.
5 Ways to Stay Hydrated:
- Start and end your day with a glass of water.
If you have trouble remembering to drink water throughout the day, create a schedule for yourself (for example, drink a glass of water when you wake up, before each meal and before you go to bed).
- Keep a bottle of water with you throughout the day.
Consider using a refillable water bottle to avoid spending a lot of money and cut down on plastic waste. If plain water does not appeal to you, try adding some lemon or lime wedges to add taste.
- When you feel hungry, drink a glass of water before eating your meal.
Sometimes hunger can be confused with thirst. Drinking a glass of water prior to eating a meal can also aid a healthy weightloss plan and help you avoid overeating.
- Eat your water.
The liquid in certain foods (like fruits, vegetables and soups) can provide you with a portion of your daily water requirement (click here for a short video from abcnews.go.com)
- Drink enough water to satisfy your lifestyle.
If you are exercising, participating in outdoor activities, taking certain medications or even if you just live in a warm climate you may need to drink more than the recommended amount of 8 glasses of water per day (8 oz. each per glass). If you are the parent of a young child or the caretaker of an elderly or disabled person, offering beverages throughout the day can help hydrate someone who may not remember to ask for something to drink regularly.
It is important to stay hydrated, but you don’t need to overdo it (in other words, don’t go drinking 2 gallons of water after reading this post). Drinking too much water can cause bloating and other health problems, according to the Mayo Clinic.
We hope you have enjoyed our first “Feel Good Friday” and we hope you stay tuned for our next article. If you are interested in a workers compensation, disability, or life insurance policy, call our office anytime to speak to a Mackoul & Associates insurance professional.
*Please keep in mind that we are not health experts and these tips should not be used to replace the recommendations of real doctors.