This Will Make You Want to Drink More Water

Nearly three-fourths of the earth is covered with water, yet most of us don’t drink enough to keep our bodies running at peak-performance. Getting the recommended six to eight, 8-ounce glasses of water a day can be a challenge.

Many people are dehydrated and don’t realize it, even though they suffer the tell-tale symptoms: headaches, fatigue, increased hunger and feeling light-headed. With that in mind, here’s what you should know about our need for H20.

Our Bodies Need Water

On average, 50-65 percent of our bodies are water. The percentage is even higher for children. Our organs – especially the brain, kidneys, liver and heart – need to be hydrated to function properly. Water also keeps joints lubricated, muscles hydrated, and blood circulating. (Without an adequate blood volume our cells don’t get enough oxygen).

If you’re feeling thirsty, chances are you’re already dehydrated. Increase your liquid intake and you’re apt to notice you have more energy and vitality, snack less, get fewer headaches and have less muscle aches and pains.

The color of your urine is a good way to know if you’re drinking enough water. Light yellow or colorless urine during the day indicates you are. Dark urine or infrequent urination usually signals dehydration.

Here are other interesting ways water does your body good:

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Tips For Staying Hydrated

Whatever your excuse for not drinking six to eight, 8-ounce glasses of liquid daily – “I’m too busy,” “I don’t feel thirsty,” or “water’s boring” – it’s time to form a hydration habit. Focus on increasing your water intake for two weeks, and you’ll realize how much better you feel.

  • Keep a container of water with you or on your desk throughout the day.
  • Drink a glass or two of water when you feel hungry. Thirst signals are often confused as hunger.
  • Pump up your water intake when you’re exercising.
  • Include a glass of water with all meals and snacks.
  • Add fruit and vegetable juice, or herbal teas to your routine. However, limit sweetened drinks and sodas since they contain a lot of sugar and extra calories. (Consuming sugar-sweetened beverages every day is one of the root causes of obesity in America.)
  • Avoid excessive caffeine. More than a couple cups of coffee a day can actually contribute to dehydration.
  • Increase your fruit and vegetable intake. Summer and early fall are great opportunities to get mouth-watering produce at your local farmers’ market.

Water Can Be Delicious

Add slices of oranges, lemons, cucumbers, or herbs such as mint to a glass of ice water. You’ll add flavor and nutrients without adding many calories. Brew regular or herbal teas and serve over ice.

You don’t need to spend a fortune on bottled water. Invest in a Brita® or similar water-purifying container and keep it in your refrigerator. You’ll have cool, refreshing water whenever you need it. When you’re out and about, bring along a BPA-free water bottle and fill it from the bubbler. Nothing satisfies like pure, delicious water.

Meet the Author

Bonnie Bobot, MD is a Family Medicine Physician at Aurora Sinai Medical Center and Aurora Wiselives Center for Wellbeing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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The information presented in this site is intended for general information and educational purposes. It is not intended to replace the advice of your own physician. Contact your physician if you believe you have a health problem.

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