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Healthy and Hydrated: How Much Water Should You Drink Daily?

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Hydration is one of the most important health subjects of the day. There are many competing theories on how one should stay hydrated through out the day. While most professionals believe that sixty four ounces a day should be sufficient for the average persons daily requirements, there are others that believe water should be drank through out the day.
The human body is composed of nearly sixty percent water, so obviously it is vital to the health of any individual. There are many negative health side effects from dehydration including but not limited to unregulated body temperature, dizziness, physical weakness, and confusion. The sensation of thirst and dry mouth is our bodies way of telling us that we are thirsty and that we need some water to stay hydrated. This response of thirst our bodies give us should never be ignored.
We as human beings need to stay hydrated and there are a variety of ways that we can do so. The first and most obvious being that we can drink water. However there are a number of other ways that are beneficial as well, we can drink tea or coffee, what is commonly referred to as diuretics. We can also consume our normal three meals a day, for food also contains a large amount of water as well. The easiest method of all is to always have water on you and if you ever feel your mouth getting dry or start to feel thirsty simply take a sip of it. You can also check to see if your staying hydrated by the color of your urine the darker it is the less hydrated you are. Its also good to remember that certain activities also cause more dehydration then others such as exercise and staying in the heat. So if you find your self in those situations you should always by drinking more water then normal.  A special weighted cup with handles and lid is ideal for individuals who have Parkinson’s Disease and suffer from tremors.

Key Takeaways:

  • Water is crucial to our bodies feeling well and rested
  • Digestion and our metabolism can be aided with proper amounts of water
  • Having dry mouth or dark-yellow urine are good indicators of dehydration

“Most health authorities recommend that we drink eight glasses or 64 ounces of water a day.”

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