Have you ever thought about the amazing effects water has on your body? Virtually every component in your body depends on water for life and sixty percent of your body weight is essentially water. So imagine how dehydration can affect your body’s ability to function properly.
How much water should you drink a day?
Because you lose water through perspiration, bowel and urine movements and even through your breath, it is important to replenish often. It is recommended that an average human consume approximately 2 liters or 8 cups of water a day.
You may need to adjust the amount of water you consume depending on the following factors:
- Exercise. When you sweat, you excrete water from your body. So when exercising or exerting engery, try to drink a little extra water to compensate for that loss.
- Sickness. If you have a fever, vomiting or illness, you can also lose vital fluids. Try to drink a little extra when you’re not feeling well.
- Environment. Hot or humid weather can deplete water from your body. Be sure to drink extra when you are outside in warm weather.
A good rule of thumb is to drink one glass of water before each meal and drink one glass between meals. You should also make sure to hydrate before and after exercise. You know your body better than anyone. So simply notice when your body feels lethargic or dehydrated. You’ll not only feel better after a glass or two of water, but you will probably see your skin glow as well. Water is life!
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