Why is water so important?
The human body is about 60%-75% water. Body fluids are involved in digestion, absorption, blood circulation, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature. Inadequate amounts of fluid can result in disruption of normal body functions. If you are thirsty, it may mean you are already dehydrated.
Signs of dehydration may include:
Dry mouth Fatigue Thirst Dizziness
Dark colored urine Headache Constipation
Decreased urine output Dry skin or lips
How much are you drinking?
Men and women should aim for 11-13 cups of total fluids a day, while children and adolescents need slightly less, about 9 cups per day. Active individuals may need more.
What are some ways to drink more?
- Drink a glass of water when you first wake up.
- Have a beverage with each meal and snack.
- Sip water throughout the day.
- Keep a water bottle at your desk, in your car, and in your bag.
- Add fruit to your drink for some extra flavor.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables. The high water content of these foods will add to your overall hydration. (Food provides 20% of fluids)