Cathy Walton-Smith: Drink water: Winter weather is sucking us dry |

Cathy Walton-Smith: Drink water: Winter weather is sucking us dry

Cathy Walton-Smith
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Cold! Snow! Ice! Wind! It’s enough to make a body cranky, depressed, irritable and give you headaches. But wait ” take an aspirin and you’ll feel better . . . not necessarily from the remedy, but from the drink of water.

Right now we’ve got about 30 percent humidity outdoors and 20 percent indoors.

This weather is sucking us dry.

Here are some facts and figures fresh off the Internet (so they must be true).

1. 75 percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated.

2. In 37 percent of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is mistaken for


3. Even mild dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism by 3 percent.

4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100 percent of

the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.

5. Lack of water is the number one trigger of daytime fatigue.

6. Preliminary research indicates that eight to 10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80 percent of sufferers.

7. A mere 2 percent drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.

8. Drinking five glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45 percent, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79 percent, and one is 50 percent less likely to develop bladder cancer.

9. In our area, headache and altitude sickness are largely due to dehydration.

Tomorrow, the Grand Arts Council is hosting the first Featured Artist Reception of the year from 5 to 7 p.m. at Caroline’s Cuisine. The featured artist is Penny Spencer, a local emerging photographer of fine art. Penny is a Colorado native who now is excited to call Grand County home. Whether photographing Colorado and the beauty that surrounds us in this truly “Grand” place, or bringing home images from world-wide travel, she delights in capturing images that will engage others. Plan on making a night of it by enjoying the reception and then a wonderful dinner at Caroline’s.

A free Homebuyer’s Workshop, will he held this Tuesday, Feb. 12, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Grand Lake Town Hall board room. This class will help you to become a successful homeowner, but is also great for Realtors, lenders and all buyers and sellers. Learn about down payment assistance, special loan programs, and new tax credit programs. The class also includes a free workbook. Please register in advance, by calling (970) 887-7271 or visit Sponsored by the Grand County Housing Authority and the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority.

This month’s Concert in the Pines is next Saturday, Feb. 16, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Historic Grand Lake Community House. Enjoy a glass of wine with the concert.

The Snot Dogs return to Grand Lake by popular request ” you may have heard them playing in the Town Park Gazebo this past summer. The Snot Dogs are a fun band of eclectic musicians with a music mix of country, jazz, rock and folk. Their sound is richly layered with a wide variety of instruments (guitar, mandolin, piano and flute) and vocal harmonies. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 at the door.

Kevin’s Outreach for Local Emergencies (K.O.L.E.) announces the seventh annual Prime Rib Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Rapids Restaurant in Grand Lake.

Seating is on the half hour with reservations recommended, call (970) 627-3707. A tax deductible donation of $15 will be collected at the door with the proceeds going to benefit local cancer patients and families.

Happy anniversary to Jim and Constance Robertson. Happy 75th birthday to Sue James.

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