Summer is coming and with the heat beaming on us, it is essential to stay hydrated! All of us have heard that we need to drink 8 glasses or 8 oz. cups of water a day. Here are some facts about water, which contribute to why:
• 50% to 70% of our bodies consist of water; water makes up most of our blood, muscles, brain, and bone.
• Dehydration or water deficits of as little as 2% body weight can impair physiological performance and response, such as headaches and dizziness.
• Dehydration can also affect fat metabolism, increase the risk of urinary stone disease, and affect the good of general health.
Water is not the only type of fluid that can account for total daily fluid intake. All types of fluids count towards hydration in varying levels, such as juice, milk, tea, and carbonated beverages. In addition, you can actually get water from eating foods such as fruit, soups, and vegetables (just to name a few). However, keep in mind that the types of beverages you may choose could provide calories! This is why I recommend to drink at least 8 glasses of 8 fluid ounces of plain water per day. Also, know that if you exercise, you will need more than the minimum recommendation of water consumption.
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