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Water in an essential nutrient that we cannot function without. Our bodies are 50 to 70% water. Humans can survive up to one month without, but only one week without water. The water in our bodies has to be replaced every day. Here are some of the reasons why we need lots of water:

  1. Water prevents constipation. When we don’t drink enough, the body steals water away from stools.
  2. Water curbs overeating: sometimes we eat when we are actually thirsty. Drinking a glass of water before a meal can curb appetite. Water also increases weight loss.
  3. Water is good for the brain: the brain is bout 80% water and cannot send messages effectively without enough water.
  4. Water cleans the body: Drinking lots of water helps kidneys to eliminate waste and toxins.
  5. Water helps a cough and cold: When you have a fever and suffer from cold symptoms, water helps to regulate the body’s temperature and prevents breathing passages from drying out.
  6. Water helps muscles: Our muscles are 70-75% water. When we get dehydrated, our muscles tighten and get tired easily.

When you feel thirsty, your body has already lost more than 1% of its total water. Watch out for these signs that you may not be drinking enough water:

  1. Dry mouth
  2. Joint pain
  3. Fatigue
  4. Skin breakouts
  5. Weight gain
  6. Dark urine color
  7. Bloodshot eyes
  8. Recurring sickness

How much should you drink? AS a general rule children should drink an ounce of fluid per pound bodyweight. Adults need half an ounce of fluid per pound bodyweight. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, you should drink 80 ounces per day. (8 ounces = 1 cup)

So grab a water bottle, add some fruit (blueberries, lemon, lime, orange) if you want to flavor it, and be sure to drink enough every day. Cheers to good health!