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Water and hydration - a lesson from the Turf!

By fitasamonkey, May 14 2013 10:54AM

Broadly sticking to a gardening theme after my hedge post last week I was waterig the new turf in the front garden when I thought it would be good to talk about water this week. (FYI the hedge is now fully trimmed and will hopefully look amazing so we might have some chance of entering/winning the Cockenzie and Port Seton in Bloom competition! Maybe even East Lothian in Bloom!!)

So laying the turf was relatively easy and I think the hard part is going to be making sure it has the best chance to take root and grow into being a proper lawn... There seem to be two simple rules:

1. Don't walk on the turf

2. Water it!

This got me thinking about hydration and how important it is for day to day life for the human body as well as all living things.

If you want to put it simply your body needs water to survive. Technically you can survive for weeks without food but only about 2-3 days without water....

Why is it important to stay hydrated? Consider the following functions of water in our bodies:

- in saliva and stomach secretions it helps to digest food

- in blood, it helps transport nutrients and oxygen to all the cells of the body

- in body fluids, it helps lubricate joints and cushions organs and tissues · in urine, it carries waste products out of the body

- in sweat, it removes body heat generated during exercise

How much should you drink?

- General guidelines are to drink 6-8 glasses/2 litres of water a day (more if exercising or in a hot place)

- Everybody is different and there are a lot of factors that will influence how much water you need

Symptoms of dehydration include:

- sleepiness or fatigue

- headaches

- feeling dizzy or lightheaded

The hard part is often to drink enough so that you are hydrated and don't experience these symptoms - make drinking water throughout the day a habit. It's a good idea to have a water bottle with you at all times so you can sip it and know how much you have had. Make sure you get close to that 2 litres of water a day - more if you're exercising or somewhere that is very hot.

Please make it your mission this week to drink your daily water and stay hydrated!

Thanks for reading and have a good week,

Becca :-)

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