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.
Dehydration occurs when fluid your body loses is not replaced. Signs of dehydration include:
- Dark colored urine
- Dry mouth
- 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
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