H2Otty Toddy Hydration Stations
With multiple Hydration Stations on campus, students have access to cold, filtered water for free!
It is important to keep yourself properly hydrated even before signs of dehydration begin to appear.
Water serves many purposes in your body, and it is essential for you to keep yourself hydrated in order to maintain optimal health!
Why is Hydration Important?
Most of your body is made up of water, so it is important to maintain a good level of hydration in order to keep your body functioning properly. Water is essential for a variety of processes that keep us healthy, including regulating body temperature, removing toxins through urine, controlling heart rate and blood pressure, protecting organs and tissues, and transporting nutrients and oxygen. Neglecting to replenish your fluids can lead to several short-term and long-term negative health effects.
Tips to Staying Hydrated
Staying hydrated does not necessarily mean you have to drink 8 glasses of water a day.The amount of water a body needs will be different for every person and will depend on that individual’s day-to-day activities and overall lifestyle. Be mindful of how your body functions and any changes you notice, and do not ignore signs of dehydration.Certain foods contain a high percentage of water, including cucumbers, lettuce, broccoli, tomatoes, melons, strawberries, and several other fruits and vegetables. Including these foods in your diet in addition to drinking lots of water will help keep you fully hydrated.
- Keep a water bottle with you at ALL times and sip it throughout the day.
- Make it a habit to drink a glass of water after you wake up.
- Include low-sodium soups in your meals.
- Be aware of changes in your environment, such as drier climates, that may cause your body to lose more water.
- Make sure that you are well hydrated before engaging in activities that will cause your body to lose water.
Dehydration occurs when you do not consume enough water to keep your fluid levels balanced. You lose water from your body every minute just from regular breathing, sweating, or using the restroom. You can be at risk for dehydration even if you are not engaging in vigorous activities.
Be cautious of these signs and symptoms of dehydration:
- a dry or sticky mouth or tongue
- dark-colored urine or a lack of urine
- dizziness, nausea, headaches
- dry skin, including chapped lips
Bring your water bottle and fill up at any of the following locations:
- J.D. Williams Library
- Luckyday Residential College
- Student Health Center
- Minor Hall
- Paul B. Johnson Commons
- Residential College South
- Student Union
- Turner Center
Donate to the UM Green Fund!
Do you enjoy filling up at these stations? Donate to the UM Green Fund! The Green Fund has made it possible for many of these stations to be installed.