A recent study reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims that 43% of adults drink less than 32oz of water daily. Considering 7-11 sells Double Gulps that hold 64 oz of pop, it no surprise that pop is our most consumed beverage. Following right behind? Sports and energy drinks. Water finally shows up in the rankings after alcohol, milk, fruit juice, and fruit drinks. Unfortunately, all drinks are not created equal.
How much is enough though? One study says 4 cups (32 oz) and other says half your weight in ounces (a 140 lb. person would then need 70 oz). It’s hard to know which guidelines to follow, so use your urine as an indicator: pale or clear means you’re probably well hydrated.
What’s the big deal about water, though? Our bodies are 70-80% water, and it makes up the greatest percentage of our brain, heart, and lungs- pretty important organs. It’s necessary for the body’s circulation and digestion; which is why we often mistake hunger for thirst. Amazingly, you’ll feel a 10% loss in energy with just 1% dehydration. Yikes.
So, what happens when our bodies are in a chronic state of dehydration? Here are a few of the symptoms…
*fatigue *energy loss *constipation *high/low blood pressure
*ulcers *obesity *eczema *osteo-arthritis
*urinary tract infections *high cholesterol
*wrinkles *allergies *asthma *insomnia
*suppressed immunity *slower metabolism *migraines *anxiety *heartburn *back pain *water retention
How’s that glass of water sound now?
So, how can you make that plain old glass of water taste more appealing? And ensure you’re getting enough to drink?
Add your sweet: a slice of lime, lemon, strawberry, or cucumber.
Keep water with you! At your desk, on your bedside table, in the car.
Try drinking a small glass of water before your morning cup of coffee.
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