Women’s Health Month: May Challenge Week Two
May 10, 2021
It’s Women’s Health Month!
The American Urological Association and the Urology Care Foundation have challenged women to commit to making choices that are not only great for their overall health, but that are especially great for women’s urologic health!
And men, just so you know, these challenges are not just for women! They apply to you too, so join us!
Austin Urology Institute is accepting the challenge!
This month, there are four weekly “Get Up and Go” challenges to improve your urologic health. Each week, we will post a blog with your weekly challenge. Here’s your challenge for week two!
Get Up and Go, Week Two: Get Up and Go Hydrate!
Hydration matters! Water is essential for the body to stay healthy, and almost all of the body’s major systems depend on water to function and survive. Water makes up 60% of the body’s total weight and 90% of the brain’s weight.
Water works in your body in many ways:
-Regulates body temperature
-Helps with weight loss
-Moistens tissues in the eyes, nose and mouth
-Protects body organs and tissues
-Carries nutrients and oxygen to cells
-Lessens burden on the kidneys and liver by flushing out waste products
-Helps dissolve minerals and nutrients to make them accessible to your body
If you’re not well hydrated, all of the above take a hit that impacts your health. Additionally, becoming dehydrated can lead to concentrated urine, which can irritate your bladder.
Adults should shoot for drinking six to eight ounces of water a day for a healthy body and bladder. One way to quickly determine if you are well hydrated and hitting the six to eight ounce a day mark is looking at your urine. If it’s dark yellow and cloudy, you need more water. If it’s light yellow or almost clear, you are doing a good job staying hydrated.
Sound like a lot of water to get in during one day?
Here are some tips:
-Try no calorie flavored waters.
-Try adding in some no calorie sparkling water.
-Keep water nearby! Make sure water is within view or in places you most frequent.
-Set a reminder or alarm on your phone to drink a glass of water at regular intervals throughout the day.
-Use a water bottle with measurements that can help you track your daily intake. Or, use specific water bottles at certain times of the day to keep you on track.
-Drink one glass of water after every trip to the bathroom and before every meal.
-Use a water tracking app on your phone.
Tune in next week for the Week Three challenge, and be sure to contact us if you are experiencing any urological issues!
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