Water also transports oxygen to your cells, removes waste, and protects your joints and organs. The human brain is made up of 95% water, blood is 82% and lungs 90%. A mere 2% drop in our body’s water supply can trigger signs of dehydration: fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on smaller print, such as a computer screen. Without water, we would die in a few days.
How Much Water Should You Drink: Drink at least eight glasses daily, or one cup for every 20 pounds of body weight. For example, a 150-pound person who does not exercise or work in hot climates needs 7.5 cups. Be mindful of your activity and increase your water consumption accordingly.
Know the Signs! Staying Hydrated: Thirst is a poor indicator of dehydration. By the time someone gets thirsty, it is too late! Or, if one is thirsty, they may go for a beverage that does not actually replenish the body. If you don’t get enough water, you may suffer from dehydration. Symptoms of mild dehydration include chronic pains in joints and muscles, lower back pain, headaches and constipation. A strong odor to your urine, along with a *yellow or amber color, may indicate that you may not be getting enough water.
Water is the best remedy for dehydration. If mild dehydration sets in, it can decrease one’s energy level and mental functioning and increase stress on the body. Severe dehydration can have far more damaging effects
*Note that riboflavin, a B vitamin, will make your urine bright yellow when you take dietary supplements that contain large amounts of riboflavin. Certain medications can change the color of urine as well.
Top Reasons to Drink More Water:
- Get Healthy Skin
- Flush Toxins
- Reduce Your Risk Of Heart Attack
- Cushion And Lube Your Joints And Muscles
- Get Energized And Be Alert
- Stay Regular
- Reduce Your Risk Of Disease And Infection
- Regulate Your Body Temperature
- Burn More Fat And Build More Muscle
- Get Well
Quick Tip: In Traditional Chinese Medicine, cold drinks disrupt the proper flow of energy in the body and “shock” the body. Stick to warm or room temperature fluids. Store water in glass containers. Avoid the plastic water bottles you find at the store. If you do drink water from a soft, clear water bottle, do not reuse it.
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-Eric & Maleka Beal
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Eric and Maleka Beal are health coaches and co-founders of BetterChoices, a health & wellness company and social community focused on educating, advocating, and promoting better health and wellness through lifestyle, nutrition, and fitness education.