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Tips for Proper Hydration

Living Healthy with Water

Are you drinking enough water? Determining how much water you should drink each day depends upon your body type, health, how active you are and where you live.

There are many benefits to staying hydrated by drinking water.

  • Dieting - Before you eat, drink a glass of water. This will act as an appetite suppressant and help you lose weight.
  • 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.
  • Athletic Performance - Water is critical to aerobic output and endurance. A 2 percent loss of body water can produce a 20 percent decrease in physical performance.
  • Cholesterol Control - Doctors believe that an increase in water consumption can have a positive effect on cholesterol formation.
  • Mental Concentration - Water is an important element in mental awareness. A water deficit of only one quart will substantially reduce one's ability to concentrate.
  • Pre-natal Health - Pregnancy requires up to two extra glasses of water per day. Water comprises about 97 percent of the body weight of an early embryo and about 80 percent of the body weight of a newborn baby.

There are also many ailments that can be alleviated by staying hydrated and drinking water.

  • Dry Skin - As many doctors will tell you, the cure for dry skin may be as simple as eight glasses of water per day.
  • Heartburn - At least 30 percent of indigestion is a result of dehydration. The body requires copious amounts of water - up to one quart - to digest an average meal.
  • Headaches -To prevent a headache, drink water frequently. Dehydration has been found to play a major role in the precipitation of headaches, especially migraines.
  • Irregularity - Constipation is frequently a result of dehydration. Thus, water is nature's safest, most natural laxative.
  • Joint Pain - Most joint pain may result merely from insufficient water consumption. Since water is the primary lubricant for the contact surfaces of the joints, friction caused by lack of water can produce symptoms that are remarkably similar to that of arthritis inflammation.
  • Sore Muscles - Eight ounces of water per 15 minutes of exercise is key to preventing sore muscles after exercise.

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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