There are all types of statistics out there that tell us how much water to drink. 8 glasses? 60 ounces? Half your body weight? Does anyone know the real answer?
The good news is that some of your required fluid intake comes from the foods we eat, but it is important that we drink enough H2O each day, especially in the summer.
According to CNN.com
, water is known as the “elixir of life, with good reason, and every system in your body needs it to survive.
“Water regulates our body temperature, keeps our joints lubricated, helps prevent infections and delivers nutrients to our cells,” said registered US dietitian and CNN contributor Lisa Drayer. “Additionally, our kidneys and liver work hard to get rid of toxins in our bodies, and they depend on water to do their job.”
Hydration and your Health
“You could quickly become constipated as your colon steals water from your stool to keep your digestive system moving. Urine will become darker; prolonged dehydration can also crystallize salts and minerals in urine, possibly leading to the formation of painful kidney stones.”
How much should you drink to stay hydrated during exercise?
“Because dehydration can often be mistaken for hunger, you might gain weight as you try to satisfy your body’s needs. Fortunately, the opposite is also true if you’re hydrated. ‘If you are looking to lose weight, water can help you shed pounds,’ Drayer said. ‘Drinking a glass of water before a meal can fill you up a bit and help you eat fewer calories at a meal.’
If you suffer from migraines, studies show that a lack of fluids might easily trigger an episode. Headaches are also likely to last longer if you’re low on fluids. In addition, dehydration can leave you unable to concentrate, cause short-term memory problems and leave you feeling moody and anxious.”
Signs of Dehydration
Dehydration occurs when you use or lose more fluid than you take in, and your body doesn’t have enough fluids to carry out its normal functions. If you don’t replace lost fluids, you will get dehydrated. Signs of dehydration in adults include
- Extreme thirst
- Less frequent urination
- Dark-colored urine
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