Is it possible that 98% of the population does not drink enough water? Since water makes up 70% of our body, it is essential to good health. In the hot summer months, it is even more important to pay close attention to the amount of water you drink. We tend to be more physically active in summer months and are more prone to sweating. This causes an increase in dehydration.
What is dehydration? Dehydration occurs when your body does not have the amount of fluids and water as it should. Severe hydration is a life threatening emergency and is more common in infants and the elderly. Common causes of dehydration are vomiting or diarrhea , excessive sweating, fever, or just not taking in enough water. Some sign of dehydration are mental sluggishness, lack of energy, fatigue, thirst, muscle tightness, sunken eyes, dry mouth and nausea.
Beginning your day with two big glasses of water can help. You can even try a squeeze of lemon in your water each morning for a quick pick me up! During sleep hours, your body is physiologically busy repairing and renewing your system. This expends energy and the repair process can dehydrate you in sweating and through urination.
Although sodas, coffee, tea, energy drinks, and sugary drinks may provide a quick burst of energy, nothing hydrates better than water. Those who drink water consistently throughout the day find they are more alert, more productive and they feel better. A good rule of thumb is to take in about 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should be drinking 75 ounces or about 8 glasses of water. When water tastes great, you will drink more. Installing a LifeSource whole house water system on your home provides chlorine or chloramines free water that tastes great! A reusable bottle makes it easy to fill up in the morning and stay hydrated all day, everywhere you go.