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I’ll Have Water, Please!

Why you should drink more water

By Caitlyn Madore

With warmer weather on its way, take this opportunity to make sure you’re staying properly hydrated. Chances are you aren’t drinking enough water throughout the day – one of the most essential nutrients for life.

Women should drink about 72 ounces of fluids a day, and men should drink about 100 ounces a day, according to the Institute of Medicine. That’s about 9 cups and 12.5 cups, respectively. While those estimates account for water and other fluids, it’s always better to choose water over sugary drinks, soda, and juices.

Why is that? Water refreshes and reinvigorates in ways that no other liquid can. “Water impacts your body’s health as a whole in many different ways,” said registered dietitian, Caitlyn Madore. “It regulates our body temperature, carries nutrients, lubricates our joints, and protects our organs. If you aren’t drinking enough, it’s harder for your body to carry out these essential tasks.”

Water and weight

Drinking enough water can also promote overall health, including weight management.

“Sometimes thirst can be mistaken as hunger,” Madore shares. “This can lead to possible weight gain when excess calories are consumed due to what your body perceives as hunger. If you’re drinking enough water, your body won’t have to determine if you’re hungry or if you’re actually just thirsty.”

Madore says drinking water with meals could also promote an earlier feeling of fullness. If you drink a glass of water before you start your meal, you will be more likely to stick to the recommended portions.

Choosing water over soda and other sweetened beverages can also cut your calories for the day.


Dehydration, or not consuming enough water, can negatively affect your health. Not staying hydrated can impair our ability to achieve optimal health, including the health of our skin. Dehydration could result in skin that is dry and more prone to wrinkling. Madore added that dehydration can also cause confusion, loss of energy, weakness, and can prevent our bodies from working at their best to fight ailments.

Tips to drink more water

If you find yourself struggling to reach for more water, here are some easy tips:

  • Add your own flavor with fruit slices! Fruit slices are a natural way to add flavor to your water without adding unnecessary sugar. Try adding slices of lemon, lime, or oranges.
  • Keep a glass or bottle of water nearby at your desk or in your car. You will be more likely to drink it if you are surrounded by it throughout the day.
  • Think of the money you could save. It’s cheaper and better for you to order water at restaurants. Both your wallet and your body will thank you.


Caitlyn Madore is a registered dietitian and licensed dietary nutritionist at Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center.



Water Safety this Summer

SPASH!! Safety on the Water

The fun of the summer is here and that means long summer days enjoying the lake, pools, beaches and outdoors. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in all the fun and forget about our safety. We want everyone to stay safe this summer, so here are a few reminders about safety that we hope you’ll remember this year!

When you’re planning a great day of fishing, it’s important to fish with a buddy. So many accidents can happen when you’re fishing alone, so grab a friend and enjoy the time together.

If you’re 14 years or older you are not required to wear a life jacket, but similar to “Seat Belts Saves Lives,” so do life jackets. Everyone, regardless of age, is strongly encouraged to wear a life jacket while on the water.

Check your safety equipment prior to launching a water vessel. Local North Carolina Wild Life and Sheriff’s personnel will be patrolling the water for your safety. It’s important to make sure you have the required safety equipment necessary to use the watercraft. Make sure all life jackets are up to date and there are enough for those using the watercraft.  Be prepared to show proper personal identification, watercraft registration and have all safety equipment required prior to use.

Obey weight limits or occupancy safety regulations on your watercraft.

Individuals under the age of 14 are not allowed to operate a personal watercraft. A person between ages 14 and 16 can operate a personal watercraft if accompanied by a person who is at least 18 or has proof of a boating safety certification. This certification was put into law in July 2009. It required individuals to have working knowledge of water vessels and has passed the safety course. For more information on this course, contact the Davidson County Sheriff’s Department.

Do not participate in reckless behavior while riding or driving a watercraft. Some of these behaviors include:

  • Unreasonably or unnecessarily weaving through traffic in congested areas
  • Jumping the wake of another vessel within 100 feet
  • Intentionally approaching another vessel in order to swerve at the last moment to avoid collision
  • Operating contrary to the “rules of the road.” An example would be following too closely

No one should operate any motorboat or vessel, or manipulate any water skis, surfboard, or similar device while under the influence or impaired by any substance.

ALCOA does NOT allow any alcohol products of any kind at their accesses, including the Pebble Beach and Buddle Creek Swimming Areas. Pets are also not allowed at swimming areas.

Whatever way you choose to enjoy your summer on the water, take these safety concerns with you so everyone has an enjoyable and safe time. This information was provided by the Davidson County Sheriff’s Department. If you have any questions related to water safe visit NCWildLife.org.