Is it possible that 98% of the population doesn’t drink enough water? Water makes up 70% of the human body therefore it’s essential to good health. Dehydration occurs when your body doesn’t have enough fluids and water. Severe dehydration is a life threatening emergency and is most common in infants and the elderly. Common causes of dehydration include vomiting, diarrhea, excessive sweating, fever, or simply failing to drink enough water. Some signs of dehydration are mental sluggishness, lack of energy, fatigue, thirst, muscle tightness, sunken eyes, dry mouth and nausea. It is especially important to pay close attention to the amount of water you’re drinking in the hot summer months. During this time we tend to be more physically active and therefore require more water to stay fully hydrated.
To avoid becoming dehydrated, it’s best to begin your day with two big glasses of water. You can even squeeze a little lemon into your water each morning for a quick pick-me-up! The morning is a key time to up your water intake because your body is busy repairing and renewing your system throughout the night. The repair process expends energy and can quickly dehydrate you through sweating and 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 feel healthier. A good rule of thumb is to drink about ½ your body weight in ounces of water. For example, a 150 pound person should aim to drink 75 ounces, about 8 glasses of water, per day.
If you’re worried about the quality of your drinking water, it may be smart to invest in a whole-house water system. This would ensure that you only consume high-quality, clean, great tasting water throughout the day. The most important thing is that you’re drinking lots of water so do your research and find whatever it takes for you to stay fully hydrated all of the time.