Stay hydrated, stay healthy

Drinking water is a must for health and fitness.

Did you know that about 2/3 of the human body is water? That a person can’t survive more than a few days without it? 

Without water, your body would stop working properly. It is important in helping with digestion, the absorption of food, the regulation of body temperature and blood circulation, the carrying of nutrients and oxygen to the cells in the body and for the removal of toxins. Water also helps with the movement of joints and helps protect tissues and organs in the body. It is also good to drink water for metabolic and weight loss purposes. Drinking water metabolizes stored fats, and helps maintain proper muscle tone. By drinking enough water, you keep a regular flow of fluids going in the body allowing it to perform its daily functions easily and effectively.

Dehydration occurs in many adults and children especially in the warm summer months.  When the body is dehydrated it has to work twice as hard to share the amount of available water. Dehydration causes many side effects on the body; it can produce joint pain, stomach pain, back pain, dizziness, as well as feelings of disorientation and confusion. If you wait to drink water until you’re thirsty on a warm day, you may already be becoming dehydrated. An easy way of knowing if you are drinking the right amount of water is to check the color of your urine. The lighter the color, the better. 

One way to determine how much water you should be drinking daily is to take your weight and divide it by two; the number you get is the number of ounces of water you should consume per day. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, you should be drinking 100 ounces of water on average per day. The rule is the more you weigh, the more water you should be drinking. It is also important to drink more water if you are exercising, when you perspire twice as much of the water you drink.

Drinking water on a regular basis can keep your body feeling great. During the hot summer months, be sure to stay hydrated and stay healthy!

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