Feeling weary, sluggish ... perhaps with a headache nagging at you?

Maybe all you need is a drink of water, maybe two or three.

"Water is your body's principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight," the Mayo Clinic says, adding ...

"Every system in your body depends upon water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues.

"Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don't have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired."

MindBodyGreen, whose mantra is "Don't medicate, hydrate," elaborates further ...

"Since your brain is mostly water, drinking helps you to think, focus and concentrate better and to be more alert. As an added bonus, your energy levels are also boosted."

MBG points out that water also keeps your skin fresh, soft glowing and smooth, that it boosts the immune system, that it helps prevent and relieve headaches, that it keeps your joints and muscles lubricated and that it is "essential for your digestive system.

How much water does a healthy adult need?

To simplify things, The Mayo Clinic says ...

"Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day, because all fluids count toward the daily total."


Free shingles shots for city residents will be available Aug. 8 at the York City Health Bureau, 435 W. Philadelphia St.

To qualify, residents must be uninsured or underinsured and age 60 or older. Call 849-2299 or 815-0910 to set up an appointment.

Also, free shingles shots for county residents are available at the State Health Center, 1750 N. George St. ... details, 771-4505.


Molly Adler of New Freedom is now offering her year-round Youth Art Class program at York Little Theatre. Students age 4-14 meet once a week ... details, 227-2283 or (443) 838-5736.


The York County Heritage Trust is now accepting articles for the fifth annual "Journal of York County Heritage. For submission requirements, contact Lila Fourhman-Shaull at 848-1587.

Columns by Hank Merges, a local writer, appear Tuesday and Thursday in The York Dispatch. Reach Hank at hmerges@yorkdispatch.com or 854-1575.