Two parts hydrogen. One part oxygen. Water is part of your makeup. When you are born nearly 80% of you is water and as you age that percentage starts to dwindle towards 60% for men and 55% for females. If you are storing more fat than lean muscle then those numbers will dwindle even further. End of story. Water is abundant in you. And should be.
Dehydration is a state of losing water through simple activities like breathing, sweating, and urinating. It’s also influenced by heat and humidity in the air. Dehydration can lead to a great deal of symptoms usually starting with thirst and decreased urine output and lead to more severe symptoms like dry mouth, muscle cramping, allergies, nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness, and headaches.
Most people when they first get the warning sign of thirst immediately reach out for any fluid other than water, making the wrong assumption that they are curbing the body’s thirst with drinks like coffee, alcohol, soda pop, fruit juices, teas, and even milk. They search for the flavor and miss out on what the body is truly craving. Water. And many, not all, of those drinks actually will pull more water from your system, causing you to further dehydrate.
A nice rule of thumb when it come to establishing a good healthy habit of drinking water is to drink half of your body weight in ounces. That means that if you weigh 180 pounds, then you should be drinking around 90 ounces of water per day. If you break that into 8-ounce glasses (typical glass size) then you would be drinking a little over eleven glasses of water per day.
If you can drink when you are not thirsty then you are doing good. If you are only drinking when you are thirsty…bad. Be proactive when it comes to giving your body water. By doing this you can reap benefits like increasing weight loss, keeping your heart healthy, have abundant energy, keep most headaches at bay, keep skin healthy, help your digestion, toxin release, reduce risks of many types of cancer, and even helps with your endurance when it comes to exercise.
Challenge yourself to keep a healthy water intake. Keep track of how many ounces you drink per day if you have to. And if perchance you find yourself falling short…drink up.