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Mild dehydration can make me tired?

Sleeping teenDr. Means may have given me the boost I need to drink more water.

Water, he says, helps the immune system, weight management and digestion. It “flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to cells and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues.”

“You often hear reports that people should eat healthier and exercise more. Unfortunately, you less often hear reports that people should drink more water. The truth is drinking water is one the simplest and most effective ways to improve your health,” said Ira Means, a physician at Eskenazi Health Center Blackburn, in this news release.

Means also is an assistant professor of clinical medicine and of clinical pediatrics at the IU School of Medicine.

The clincher: “Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired,” he said.

I, personally, could stop right there, but if you’d like to read the full news release, you’ll learn of other benefits in addition to how much should be consumed.

Eskenazi Health offers a drinking water quiz

Readers also may find the video below of interest. Aaron Carroll, a pediatrician and health policy expert at the IU School of Medicine, continues his research-based rant about “the milk industrial complex,” which has convinced Americans that milk does a body good.

“Seriously, people, has it occurred to none of you that we’re the only mammals on the planet who consume milk after the early childhood period? We’re so obsessed with it that we steal it from other species in order to keep drinking it.”

(I liked this quote so much that I posted it to my Health & Vitality Tumblr blog)

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