Are You Drinking Enough Water?

Bottle of WaterHere’s a staggering statistic: depending on age and sex, the human body is comprised of somewhere between 50 and 75% water.  Obviously, water is important to our bodies and our survival, so how do you know if you are drinking enough?  

Why Water Is Important

Your body needs water for essential functions like regulating temperature and providing a pathway for nutrients to get to your organs and tissues.  Water is also important for oxygen to get to your cells, and it helps to remove waste and support your joints and organs. Not getting enough water doesn’t just make you thristy, it impacts the way in which your body works.  The human body can only last for about 3 days with no water — it’s that important.

How To Know If You’re Not Getting Enough

If you’re feeling thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.  But there are other signs besides thrist that indicate you may need more water.  Feeling tired or fatigued can mean you aren’t getting enough water.  Instead of reaching for that cup of coffee in the morning, have a big glass of water.  That will wake up your liver, get your digestive tract going and start you off on the right foot for adequate daily water consumption.

Dry skin can be another indicator that you’re not getting enough water.  Water helps boost blood circulation and helps keep your skin healthy.  Think of it like a facial from the inside out and have that big glass of water.

Dry, sunken eyes surrounded by dark circles can be another indicator that you’re dehydrated.  Your eyes should be moist, as our tear film is dependent upon our hydration to keep our eyes and surrounding glands wet and healthy. So, forget the concealor, reach for water instead.

This should go without saying, but if you’re finding your bowels a little backed up, it could be because you aren’t getting enough water.  The intestines need an adequate amount of water to function properly, and if you aren’t getting enough then you will find you’re having difficulty with *ahem* evacuation.  So, get that water in to get the waste out.

Headaches or dizziness can also be a sign of dehydration.  If you find yourself feeling this way, have some water as soon as you can and see if it improves.

How Much Water Should You Be Getting

Food accounts for about 20% of the water you need, the rest needs to be taken in through drinking.  To see how much water you should be drinking a day you can take your weight in pounds and divide that number in half.  That is about how many ounces of water you should drink in a day.  So, if you’re 200 pounds, you need about 100 ounces of water a day.

How to Get It

Any fluid will have water in it, but you want to be aware of added ingredients in beverages such as sodas, fruit juice and coffee.  Water is best because it has no calories or added sugar or caffeine.  So, when in doubt go straight to the tap for some good, old water.

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