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The Importance Of Water In Your Daily Life

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER IN YOUR DAILY LIFE
STAYING HYDRATED:

Staying hydrated is an essential part of staying healthy. Water accounts for almost two thirds of our body weight. It enables our most important body functions. If you’re not drinking enough, you can quickly become dehydrated, which can lead to headache, fatigue and more serious issues. Staying hydrated can help you stay energized, active and healthy.

Most people know they need to drink in hot weather or after exercising, but staying properly hydrated is important all year long, and is just as important for the average person as it is for serious athletes. For healthy hydration, the trick is to understand what to drink how much is enough and when an extra glass can do you good.

YOUR HEALTHY CHOICES:
Any non-alcoholic beverage can help you stay hydrated. Water, soda, sports drinks, fruit juices and coffee or tea can all help you maintain healthy hydration. However, it is very important to remember that low calorie or zero calorie beverages are usually the best choice. Sweetened beverages can be high in calories and low in nutrients. So, while a sweetened drink is okay as an occasional part of your diet, too many can lead to weight gain and other health issues.

HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?
Most experts agree that everyone should drink 9-12 glasses of water and other beverages each day. Recommendations vary based on your level of activity, the temperature where you live and your personal medical history. It is important to adjust the amount you drink to your routine and environment. When you are more active or in very hot or cold environments you should drink more. For every hour of strenuous activity, experts recommend adding an extra 18-36 ounces of liquid to help offset the amount of fluid lost. The old “8 glasses a day” advise is a good starting point but it is important to adjust the amount you drink to your personal lifestyle.

TIPS FOR GETTING ENOUGH:
Fill your glass from a container that holds at least 64 ounces of water. Drink at least one full container every day.

Drink a glass of water or other beverage with every meal and every snack.

Drink a glass of water in between each meal.

Carry a water bottle with you on-the-go. Add fresh lemon or lime to your water since studies show that people drink more water when it is flavored, even without added sugar.


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