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Tips for Proper Hydration

Living Healthy with Water

You're drinking water, but are you drinking enough? How much water you should drink each day depends on your health, how active you are, your body type and even where you live.

There are loads of benefits to making sure you drink enough water to stay hydrated.

  • Dieting - Drink a full glass of water before you eat. Water acts as an appetite suppressant, helping you eat less and lose more weight.
  • Athletic Performance - Water is an imperative part of aerobic output and endurance. A mere 2 percent loss of your body’s water volume can result in a 20 percent decrease in physical performance.
  • Fluid Replenishment - The best way to replace lost water is with water. Coffee, tea, cola, and alcoholic beverages can have a diuretic effect that may actually impede your body from absorbing water. Drinking 5 cups of coffee per day is enough to increase urinary flow by 40 percent, frequently producing a negative water balance.
  • Mental Concentration - Water is a vital element when it comes to mental awareness. Decreasing your water intake by only one quart seriously reduces your ability to concentrate.
  • Cholesterol Control - According to doctors, an increase in water intake can positively affect cholesterol formation.
  • Pre-natal Health - Being pregnant requires up to two extra glasses of water per day. Water makes up around 97 percent of an early embryo’s weight and about 80 percent of a newborn baby’s weight.

There are also numerous ailments that can be eased by staying hydrated.

  • Dry Skin - As most doctors will say, the fix for dry skin could be as simple as drinking eight glasses of water a day.
  • Heartburn - Dehydration causes about 30 percent of indigestion. Your body requires copious amounts of water – as much as a quart – in order to digest the average meal.
  • Headaches - In order to prevent and reduce headaches, drink water frequently. Studies have proved that dehydration heavily influences headaches, especially migraines.
  • Irregularity - Dehydration is a frequent factor in constipation. That makes drinking water the world’s safest, most natural laxative.
  • Sore Muscles - Drinking eight ounces of water per every 15 minutes of exercise is essential to preventing sore muscles.
  • Joint Pain - Insufficient water consumption can also cause ailments such as joint pain. Water is the main lubricant for the contact surfaces of the joints; friction caused by lack of water can produce symptoms that are extremely similar to inflammation associated with arthritis.

Symptoms of Dehydration

You should always be drinking water to stay hydrated. If your body isn't getting enough water, you may begin to experience some of these symptoms of dehydration.

  • Dry mouth and/or skin
  • Dizziness, nausea and/or headache
  • Fatigue
  • Mild to excessive thirst
  • Muscle weakness
  • Darkened, little, or no urination
  • Labored breathing
  • Increased body temperature

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