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The Importance of Hydration

It’s common knowledge that our bodies need water to keep ourselves healthy and even to keep ourselves alive.  Our craving, or thirst, is often a late indicator of mild dehydration.  Most people do not recognize early signs of mild dehydration. 

Symptoms of mild dehydration include dizziness, muscle cramps, fatigue and difficulty focusing on a task.  If you experience any of these symptoms, go straight to the faucet or water cooler and drink a few glasses of water.

The rule of thumb for how much water you should drink in a day varies according to your activity level and the median temperature in your environment.  A good guideline is to drink one half of your body weight in ounces, not pounds, of water per day. 

For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, you should drink at least 80 ounces of water per day.  From that guideline, you can add more water to allow for more activity and to factor in for excessive perspiration if it is hot in your environment.

While coffee, pop and alcohol are liquids, they are actually diuretics so you will often need more water to offset consuming these types of beverages.  A diuretic will cause you to lose more liquid than you take in.

On the average day, you should consume water as your main beverage, rather than juices, flavored beverages, pop or coffee.

Our bodies need water for all of their basic functions such as breathing, sweating, urination, digestion, lubrication like saliva, fluid membranes around joints, mucus membranes and fluids for our eyes. 

Water comprises 80% of our brains and blood, 75% of our muscles and 22% of our bones.  To sum it up, our bodies can’t function for long without proper hydration from water.  So, make sure that you drink enough purified water to keep your body functioning optimally.

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