Nibble on This! Drink Water!

by Nan Sprouse, FNP-BC

Each month we give you tips on increasing your nutrient intake through foods and supplements. This month’s tip will be on increasing one of the most important nutrients: water!

Most people do not get enough water, especially during these hot summer months. Lack of water or dehydration, can cause many health problems, sometimes severe. These include fatigue, weakness, muscle cramps, light headedness when standing, headaches and more. You can get water through the foods you eat and fluids you drink. A good starting place to determine how many ounces of water you need each day is to divide your weight by 2. Ex: 150 lbs / 2 = 75 oz/day


A refreshing twist to plain water is Cucumber-Orange Water:

Ingredients:
6 cups water
6 thin slices cucumber
5 thin slices orange

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes.


Keeping track of your water intake has never been so easy! Stay motivated to live healthy with this free iPhone app:

The SparkPeople Food & Diet Tracker

  • Track your water intake
  • Track your food intake
  • Access meal plans
  • Track your fitness and calories burned
  • View your calories eaten and burned for the day
  • Weigh-in and view weight progress graphs
  • Monitor your progress with detailed weight and calorie reports

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Nan Sprouse, FNP-BC, received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at University of Tennessee, Knoxville and her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Carson Newman College, becoming an Advanced Practice Nurse with specific research in Women’s health. Nan is working toward a fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine.


This Nutrition Update is brought to you by Forum Health Knoxville. For more nutrition tidbits, visit our website at www.forumhealthknoxville.com. For more information about the Forum Health Knoxville’s approach to wellness, call 865-675-9355.

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