Updated: Nov 19
As it gets warmer and moisture evaporates from our skin we can get dehydrated easier.
Adult humans are 60﹪ water, and our blood is 90﹪ water. Every system in our bodies depends on water. Drink water it is essential to life and aids in many functions of the human body like:
Regulates blood pressure & body temperature
Boosts skin health and beauty
Essential for the kidneys and other bodily functions.
Lubricates joints and connective tissue
Cushions the brain, spinal cord, and other sensitive tissues
Improves blood oxygen circulation
Helps brain function
Helps boost energy
Helps create saliva
Aids in digestion
Flushes out waste products
Helps with weight loss
And so much more
Hopefully, you get the picture...
Now how do we get in enough of this life-saving element?
There is not a universally agreed quantity of water that must be consumed daily. But, the goal of 8- 8oz glasses a day is a good guide. Individual needs will vary deepening on activity, environment, health, and lifestyle.
If you drink water throughout the day - not just sips but a cup or so at a time, you should get in enough to survive and stay healthy.
Here are a few ways to help drink water.
There are many great water containers that you can carry to aid your consumption.
I like to start with a BIG (16oz.) glass of water every morning right when I get out of bed.
Having a BIG glass of water and lemon juice can be very cleansing.
Drink a glass with each meal and between meals.
If you feel hungry, tired, or are thirsty - drink water.
Get some water from food sources like fruits and vegetables.
Try adding mint, berries, slices of fruit, or cucumber to your water to spice it up.
How can you tell if you're dehydrated?
Dry mouth and thirst are the obvious signs
If your urine is bright or dark yellow
If you haven't urinated in 8 hours, you are probably not getting in enough liquids.
Sweating less than normal
You might feel tired, cranky, moody, dizzy or get a headache
FYI: One of the main reasons that people pass out at the gym is dehydration.
Stay safe and drink your water.