Dear Heloise: Greetings from Vancouver, Wash. Your column is carried in The Columbian newspaper here.
My hint is how to keep track of the amount of water I drink each day -- I loop eight rubber bands around my water glass. Each time I finish a glass I simply remove one band. Now, at the end of the day, I know with certainty that I have met my goal.
Or, if your goal is 10 laps at the track, put 10 bands on your wrist and remove one after you complete each lap!
Thanks for all your helpful hints. Kim Dethloff, Vancouver, Wash.
Kim, this is a great way to keep up with the count. For others who might have certain medical conditions, please check with your health-care professional about how much water you should drink, and remember that juice, iced tea and the like should be included in the daily water count.
According to my good friend Dr. Larry Lamb, a former professor at Baylor College of Medicine and syndicated columnist, there is no hard-and-fast rule regarding how much water everyone should drink. You should drink enough water and other liquids to equal the amount of water you lose. If you exercise a lot and sweat heavily, you need more water. Working in the heat increases your need for water. If you are inactive and in a cool environment, you might not need eight glasses of water a day.
Certain medical conditions might increase the amount of fluids you need. If you have a problem with kidney stones, your doctor will usually encourage you to drink lots of water so your kidneys can wash out minerals that form stones. In other instances, you might need to limit the amount of water you drink. Your body is a marvelous machine. If you drink less than might be optimal, your kidneys restrict how much urine is formed. Heloise
Dear Heloise: For your readers who say they cannot afford a computer or Internet service and are therefore disheartened by the many dot-com offers they hear about, here is a little heads-up:
Your local library has computers and free Internet service available to anyone holding a current library card. Happy Web-searching. Karen S., via e-mail
Be sure to call first -- each library might vary. Our San Antonio Central Library does not require a library card to use the Internet, but you need one if you want to print something!
Kudos to all the wonderful people who work at libraries -- they, along with teachers, help keep knowledge at our fingertips! Heloise
Dear Heloise: Have you ever washed clothing without checking the washing instructions? To make sure we don't ruin our clothes, my husband and I turn any clothing with special washing instructions inside out before tossing it in the hamper. When we sort the clothes, it reminds us that we need to check the instructions on the garment. Karen Wolverton, Washington, N.J.
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