Our bodies are about two-thirds water. That H20 is responsible for regulating temperature, lubricating joints, protecting the spinal cord, and removing toxins and waste from the body. When it’s hot outside (and feels like the fires of Hades are licking the skin off your body) it’s even more important to make sure you’re making water a priority in your daily routine.
Dehydration can have severe repercussions on the body. Some signs of mild dehydration are thirst (of course), headache, muscle cramps, and dark yellow urine. Signs of severe dehydration are dizziness, rapid heartbeat, sunken eyes, shock, and confusion, among other things. Get the full list from the National Institutes of Health.
How much water should you drink per day to stave off dehydration?
The Institute of Medicine recommends approximately 91 ounces of water for women and 125 ounces daily for men. While this can vary depending on several factors mentioned below, it’s a good place to start with goal setting.
According to the Mayo Clinic, there are 5 factors that influence how much water your body needs: regular exercise, intense exercise, environment, illness or health conditions, and pregnancy or breastfeeding. All of these factors affect your body and should affect your fluid intake. For example, they recommend drinking an extra 400-600 milliliters of water for “short bouts of exercise, but intense exercise lasting more than an hour requires more fluid intake” and depends on how much you sweat.
The same article from the Mayo Clinic also lists several other foods and drinks that contain high percentages of water to help you with your daily intake. Yay!
The moral of this story is that water is essential to good health, and it’s especially important in the hot months of summer to stay hydrated. So, get drinking! (sorry, booze doesn’t count)
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