The Essentials of Water

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Soothing, refreshing, replenishing; making up about 60% of the body, water is an essential nutrient that plays an important role in your health.

What impact does water have on the body?

  • Regulates blood pressure and body temperature
  • Lubricates joints
  • Protects the brain
  • Promotes healthy skin
  • Removes waste from the body
  • Aids in digestion

You may have heard that the recommend amount of water is eight 8 ounces, but age, activity level, and your health should also be taken into consideration. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, women should drink about 9 cups per day and men 12.5 cups.

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Dehydration occurs when fluid your body loses is not replaced. Signs of dehydration include:

  • Dark colored urine
  • Headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Dry Skin

Here are a few tips to increase your water intake.

  • Carry a bottle of water with you
  • Drink a glass of water when you wake up
  • Drink a glass of water with your medicine unless otherwise specified
  • Track how much water your consume
  • Order water instead of soda
  • Drink small 8 ounce bottles if consuming larger sized bottles is overwhelming
  • Have a glass of water before getting seconds
  • Flavor your water with fruits
  • Have a glass of water after using the restroom
  • Drink water before, during, and after exercising
  • Include water rich foods in your diet like watermelon, celery, strawberries, cucumbers, cantaloupe, grapefruit, lettuce, zucchini, tomatoes, and bell peppers

Source:

Gordon, B. (2020). How Much Water Do You Need. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. https://www.eatright.org/food/nutrition/healthy-eating/how-much-water-do-you-need

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