Your kidney health largely depends on a variety of factors — from genetic influences to your degree of physical activity to the food you eat. Here at our Spokane Valley urology practice, we noticed that fluid intake is one of the factors that most men and women take for granted when it comes to taking care of their kidneys and the structures surrounding it.
Why Choose Water
By and large, fluids removes wastes in the body via urine, regulates body temperature via perspiration, and transports nutrients throughout the body. While there are hundreds of drinks out there, water is still the best type of fluid as it is calorie-free and doesn’t have the added sugars which is mostly found in energy drinks, fruit juices, and sodas.
Listen to Your Thirst
So do you really need to have 8 glasses of water every day? While this habit has been promoted to the public for a long time, listening to your thirst is now thought to be the best determinant in finding out how much you should drink for optimum function. After all, fluid intake would vary from one person to another — depending on your weight, activity level, and current temperature of the environment around you.
You will most likely need to increase your fluid intake if you are:
— on a high-protein and/or high-fiber diet
— physically active
— exposed to hot or warm conditions
Water Intake Tips
Depending on the factors mentioned above, most adults would lose approximately 2 to 3 liters of fluid each day. Hence, the importance of making sure that you are thoroughly hydrated the whole day round. Consider the following water intake tips for your daily hydration needs:
— always keep a jug of water in the fridge
— suck on ice cubes during hot weather
— always take a bottle of water with you when you’re traveling
— add lime, orange, or lemon to your drinking water
— when you’re out drinking alcohol, drink a glass of water for each glass
Finding a Spokane Valley Urologist
Dr. Rob Golden M.D. has been a leading urologist in Spokane for almost 30 years. His practice philosophy is to treat all patients with respect and compassion. Dr. Golden draws on his knowledge of both urology and complementary therapies to diagnose and treat acute and chronic urologic problems, in an environment of healing, caring, and transformation.
Contact us now for a personal consultation with Dr. Golden. Call us at (509) 921.0099 of fill out this online contact form. We look forward to your visit!