The Importance of Staying Hydrated
Hydration is very important for your health and well being. You need to drink enough water so that you don’t get dehydrated. Drinking too much water can cause many problems such as dehydration, cramps, headaches or even death. There are several reasons why it’s important to keep yourself hydrated:
1) To prevent heat stroke (heat exhaustion).
If you’re not getting enough fluids, then you may feel dizzy or lose consciousness due to heatstroke.
2) To avoid dehydration if you’re exercising strenuously.
When you exercise, your body needs to maintain its fluid balance. Too little water can lead to fatigue and lethargy while too much water can result in hyponatremia (low sodium level). Hyponatremia is when there isn’t enough salt in the blood to move around properly.
3) To prevent kidney stones from forming.
If you have too little water in your system, then you’ll increase the risk of developing kidney stones.
4) To prevent other diseases such as high cholesterol or diabetes.
Water helps regulate blood sugar levels and prevents high blood pressure and heart disease.
5) To improve athletic performance.
Too much water can make you tired and slow down your physical activity. It can also affect your mental focus during intense activities like running a marathon or weight lifting weights for long periods of time.
6) To Prevent Constipation.
Drinking too much water can also cause dehydration in your digestive system. This causes the body to overcompensate and eliminate regular bowel movements–which is known as constipation. If this happens, then you may experience stomach cramps, bloating, and diarrhea.
How much water should I drink?
The exact amount of water you should drink per day is based on your weight, height, age and activity level. The more you exercise and sweat, the more water you’ll need to replace what you’ve sweated out. There isn’t an “exact” measurement for how much water you should drink. It’s all based on feeling. Here are some good ways to tell if you’re drinking the right amount of water:
1) Your urine is a pale color.
2) You rarely feel thirsty.
Your body lets you know when it needs water by making you feel thirsty.
3) You have to use the bathroom–but not in excessive amounts.
It’s also important to note that you shouldn’t drink too much water at once because this can be dangerous if your kidneys can’t handle all of the liquid in your system.
How do I know if I’m dehydrated?
There are several signs that you may be dehydrated even if you don’t feel thirsty:
1) Your urine is dark and you have to go more often than usual.
This could mean that you’re not drinking enough water.
2) You’re sluggish during exercise.
If you’re feeling fatigued after a short walk or run, then you should try hydrating yourself.
3) You have a headache.
Dehydration can cause headaches or make them worse. If you’re experiencing a pounding in your skull even after you’ve had some water, then it’s best to see a doctor immediately.
4) You feel dizzy or disoriented.
When at rest, it’s normal to feel a little lightheaded if you’ve been exercising for a long time without hydrating yourself. But if you’re severely dizzy or can’t focus properly, then you should seek medical attention immediately.
How much water do plants need?
Plants need water to carry out photosynthesis and grow. They also release water back into the atmosphere through evaporation. In fact, plants provide a key “ecosystem service” by taking carbon dioxide out of the air and releasing oxygen. Without plants, we wouldn’t have nearly as much oxygen–which is why it’s so important to conserve and protect plant life!
How do plants get water?
Plants absorb water through their roots from the soil and from the air (or humidity). Some plants, like the cactus, are able to store water in their stems.
So how can I make sure my plants stay hydrated?
It’s important to water your plants regularly–especially after they’ve been transplanted into a bigger pot or if the weather is extremely warm or dry. Most plants need about an inch of water per week, depending on the type of plant and the climate it’s located in. If you don’t want to get out a ruler to measure how much water your plant should get each week, here’s an easy way to gauge it: stick your finger in the soil. If the soil feels dry more than a few inches down, it’s time to water your plant. Also, if you’re unsure if your plant needs water, it probably does!
Should I use tap water or bottled water on my plants?
If you have tap water that has been treated with fluoride and chlorine, then you should let it sit for at least 6 hours so that the chemicals have time to dissipate before using it on your plants. Bottled water typically already has all of the chlorine and fluoride dissipated, so you can use it right away if you wish.
Is there a certain type of water I should use on my plants?
If your water has been treated with nutrients, chemicals, or has a distinct smell, you might want to use bottled water on your plants instead–especially if you’re using tap water. This is because any extra chemicals in the water could harm your plants. Bottled water typically doesn’t have any extra chemicals or nutrients in it (unless specified), so you don’t have to worry as much.
How can I help my plants during the winter?
If you live in an area that gets snow, you should make sure to remove any snow from your plants before it has a chance to sit on the plants and cause damage (such as frostbite–which isn’t good for plants either). You can use a broom or garden hose to gently wash the snow off of your plants.
How can I help my plants when it’s super cold outside?
When the temperature gets below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, you’ll need to take extra steps to protect your plants. One trick you can use is to place a plastic tent over your plants. You can also use blankets or sheets, as long as you tie them down to minimize damage from strong winds. You should also make sure the ground is clear of any snow.
How can I help my plants when it’s extra hot outside?
When the temperature gets above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, you’ll need to take extra steps to protect your plants. One trick you can use is to place containers (such as salad bowls) filled with water around your plants. The water will absorb heat and keep the plants cooler. You can also use fans to circulate air and a hose to spray down the plants.
What happens if I don’t water my plants enough?
If you don’t give your plants enough water, their growth and general health is going to suffer. Signs of under-watering include: curling or wilting leaves, drooping branches, a general “dragginess,” small fruits or vegetables, or a dull color.
If you notice these signs, you should give your plants a good watering right away.
What happens if I over-water my plants?
Over-watering can cause your plants to split and rot. If you find that you’re over-watering your plants, try giving them a little less each time until you find the perfect amount for your specific plant.
It’s important to remember that different plants require different amounts of water. Follow the guidelines above and adjust as necessary.
How do I water my potted plant?
You should keep your plant in its pot for as long as possible, only re-potting every 2 years or so. Keeping your plant in its pot will prevent the roots from becoming pot-bound.
The best way to water is to use a moisture meter, these are cheap and easy to get. You just stick the probe into the soil and the device will let you know when it’s time to water.
Of course, this isn’t always possible if you can’t find or don’t have a moisture meter. For those situations, there’s a bit of guesswork involved.
Before watering, you should always check the soil to see how wet it is. To do this, stick your finger down into the soil about a half inch.
If the soil is dry, then water your plant. If it’s wet, don’t! (This might seem strange, but always water your plant unless the soil is already wet.)
You can also check by putting your finger on the top layer of soil. If it’s dry, then your plant needs water.
What kind of container should I use?
The best pot for your plant is a “terracotta” one (the word refers to the material, not the color). These are porous and allow water to easily flow through them.
Of course, if you’ve inherited a non-terracotta pot from grandma, you can still use it as long as the hole in the bottom isn’t plugged up with hardened clay.
What kind of soil should I use?
You can use regular potting soil. Make sure it’s light and drains well. If you live in a region where it’s very hot, you may need to mix in some perlite to help with drainage.
Never use garden soil, as this contains weed seeds and bugs that can end up growing in your pot and then in your lungs.
How should I water my pot?
Always water your plant from the bottom. Never soak from the top, as this can cause the plant to get root rot.
As mentioned above, you can use a moisture meter to measure how wet the soil is. If there’s no moisture meter, then stick your finger in the soil about a half inch. If it’s dry, then you can water your plant.
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