Challenge Day 21 – Drink 4-6 Bottles of Water A Day

by Dr. Rachael

by Dr. Rachael

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If you’ve ever visited the emergency room for any reason, I’m sure you noticed that they almost always seem to place an IV and start fluids regardless of the reason the person came in.  The people with flu, kids with diarrhea, gunshot wounds, the mom who vomited a couple times today, everyone seems to get fluids.

To give you another example

To give you another example of how important hydration is, a young woman comes to my clinic and complains that she has had a nagging headache for the past week and is concerned.  After a brief conversation about her history, her symptoms, and an exam, I am 90% sure that her problem is that she is slightly dehydrated…my prescription is for her to over the course of the next 24 hours, to drink two liters of water/fluids.  After that, drink 4-6bottles of water a day.  I told her that if the headaches weren’t gone within a couple days, to give my clinic a call….She didn’t have to call me back.

patient complaining that all of the sudden

Then there’s the patient complaining that all of the sudden her skin has been dry and that she feels like she is aging too quickly.  She wonders if it’s her hormones…After a detailed conversation about her symptoms, habits, and her history, I inform her that we can run some tests, but I suspect she is a bit dehydrated, and needs to increase her fluid intake.  She was drinking probably the equivalent to a glass of water each day.  When she returned 2 weeks later, after drinking 4-6 bottles of water a day, she felt like her skin problem was resolving, aaaand all of her blood tests were normal.

Our bodies are 60% water

Our bodies are 60% water and all day long through sweating, breathing, stooling, and peeing we constantly lose some of that water.  So you have to drink water in order to replace the amount of fluid we lose everyday.  Without putting this lost water back into our bodies through either drinking, eating, or giving IV fluids, severe health problems can occur.

You ask any seemingly ageless entertainer what’s their secret to staying youthful and vibrant, the first thing they will say is, ‘I drink lots of water.’  You ask any doctor what you should do when you have the flu, they say get some rest and, ‘drink lots of water/fluids.’ Our bodies depend on water to help keep everything flowing and working properly.  So on this day and every day of the #30DaySuccessChallenge, drink at least 4-6 20oz bottles of water a day.  Thank me later! : ))

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Rachael L. Ross
MD, PhDAs a family doctor and a sexologist.

Dr. Rachael Ross has been heralded as “The next Dr. Ruth, the nationally renowned sexual therapist who pioneered frank sex talk.” Chicago Tribune. Dr. Rachael earned her M.D. from Meharry Medical College and her Ph.D. from the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists, along with a B.A. from Vanderbilt University, where she studied anthropology.

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