Our bodies need water to regulate body temperature, provide the means for nutrients to travel to all our organs, transport oxygen to cells, remove waste, and protect joints and organs. We lose water through urination, breathing, and sweating. Not drinking enough water may result in tiredness, headaches, dry eyes and mouth, water retention, poor concentration, constipation, and muscle pain.
As a general guide, 8-10 glasses of total water a day should be enough to satisfy the bodies needs. We get about 20% of our water through food and the rest comes from beverages. Physical activity and higher temperatures increase the bodies fluid needs, so add in an extra couple glasses of water a day. Juices, teas, and coffee do count towards total water intake. However, many juices contain high amounts of sugar, and coffee/teas contain caffeine, which can act as a diuretic so increasing water consumption will be beneficial.
It is very important to listen to your body’s own signs of thirst. Try not to let yourself get to the point of being really thirsty, this is a sign that your body is already dehydrated.
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