Stay Hydrated

Stay Hydrated

As we journey to live healthy, we need to remember that staying hydrated is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. They say our bodies are 60% water. Our cells, tissues, and organs need water to perform properly. For example, water helps our kidneys function by removing toxins. Our bodies need water to survive, and dehydration has a negative impact on our bodies. It causes dry skin, constipation, muscle cramps, headaches, and irritability. Your muscles perform better when they are hydrated. Water helps to cushion and lubricate your joints.

How much water should you drink? You have probably heard you should drink 8 glasses of water each day totaling 64 ounces. However, everyone should determine how much water they need based on their lifestyle and environment. People who exercise and sweat a lot need more water. If you are in hot or humid weather, you should consume more water. Try to avoid or limit drinking sodas or sugary drinks because they are unhealthy. Alcohol can dehydrate you because it is a diuretic. There is some debate whether sports drinks like Gatorade are healthy. If you work out a lot, drinking a sports drink may have some benefits and help with hydration.

I know there are some people who have a hard time drinking water. There are some things you can do to make water more appealing to you. Get a large water bottle and add fresh fruit to the water. I add lemon and lime to my water. Sip water throughout the day.

It is difficult to be healthy if you are dehydrated. Find a way to consume the water you need.

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