Water is the second most vital component to life. Our bodies are each made up of ~75% water.
What does water do for our bodies?
- Maintains body equilibrium and body temperature
- Lubricates your tissues and moisturizes your skin
- Removes wastes and toxins from our bodies
- Decreases fluid retention
- Encourages the liver to break down more fat
- Reduces hunger
What are signs that I am not consuming enough water (dehydration)?
- Less frequent urination, urine that is dark, and urinary tract infections.
- Chronic constipation.
- Muscle endurance loss and more difficult workouts.
- You may experience dizziness.
- Headaches, drowsiness, and lack of concentration will occur.
- Extreme dehydration leads to heart racing, eventual collapse.
How do I prevent dehydration?
Our food and beverage choices can increase dehydration. Things like alcohol, caffeine, overly salted/processed foods all contribute to our need for water. When you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Our thirst signal comes on after a certain point of dehydration and becomes less sensitive with time. Our hunger signal is right next to our thirst signal so we often confuse the two.
The best thing to do: Drink water on a regular basis whether you feel thirsty or not. Aim for 8-108-ounce glasses per day or half your ideal body weight in ounces.
Provided by: Melissa Vertosick, CHHC, AADP
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