Monday, June 18, 2012

The Importance of Drinking Enough Water

Drinking an adequate amount of water each day is an essential part of living a healthy and happy life. The human body is composed of up to 75% water. In order for our bodies to maintain proper hydration levels most experts suggest the average size adult consume a minimum of (eight) 8-ounce glasses of water per day.

Drinks such as coffee, tea, soft drinks (diet/regular), beer and wine have a diuretic effect on the body causing frequent urination. When consuming drinks such as these a good rule of thumb is to always drink an equivalent amount of water to help balance their effect.

Dehydration can lead to serious health problems including but not limited to:

  • Excess Weight and Obesity
  • Fatigue, Energy Loss
  • Constipation
  • Digestive disorders
  • Dry Skin
  • Low or high blood pressure
  • Migraine headaches
  • Anxiety, Depression
  • Unexplained pains
  • And more...

Don't wait until your thirsty to start drinking water. Your already dehydrated if you feel thirsty!!!

If your drinking enough water your urine should appear clear or very lightly colored. Dark yellow urine is a common indicator of dehydration. 

Physical activity also plays a large role in the amount of water your body will require to stay fully hydrated. The length of time you're active and the intensity level determine what your added water intake needs will be.

The following example demonstrates a successful hydration plan while engaging in physical activity/exercise:

  • 10-15 min  before the start of your exercise: Drink 8-10 fl oz of water
  • During exercise, every 10-15 min: Drink 8-10 fl oz of water
  • After exercising for every 1 lb lost: Drink 20-24 fl oz water

Another good way to ensure your getting enough water is to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables throughout the day. Watermelon, Strawberries, Grapefruit, Zucchini, Spinach and Lettuce are a just a few examples of high water fruits and vegetables, all boasting over 90% water content. 

Treat your body well and stay properly hydrated. Monitoring your water intake is one of the most simple, fast and effective ways to instantly enhance your health, beauty and overall well being.

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