Thursday, July 7, 2011

Hydration - The Proof Is In The Potty

Now that summer is in full force, you have to pay close attention to your level of hydration, especially if you are running, walking or biking outdoors for exercise.  Call me crazy, but I love to power-walk in 95 degree heat with a ton of humidity tossed in for good measure.  I had to work up to it, but I now have a pretty high level of heat tolerance, but of course, that doesn't mean I can't get dehydrated either.

So short of having a heat stroke, how do you know if you are getting enough fluids?  Well, the proof is in the potty, cause your urine color can tell you a whole lot about how well you are hydrated or not.  

The normal color, which usually indicates you are right on target is a straw-yellow.  As the color darkens towards an orange, then you probably need more fluids, whereas a trend towards being clear means you typically are well-hydrated.

Want to learn more? Visit the Urine Colors website, where you can find out everything you wanted to know and probably a bunch of stuff you didn't want to know about the power of pee as a predictor of bodily performance.

So next time you are putting in some miles and want to know your level of hydration, just take a moment to step behind the nearest bush and get a sample...

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