We all know that over half of our bodies are made up of water, but have you ever stopped to think about how the water you drink truly affects you? It’s important to understand the link between water and your body.
What does water affect?
To put it simply, water affects everything in your body. From your skin and brain to the process of vital organs, water is needed each day to perform normal functions and keep you healthy. When you are dehydrated, your body isn’t running as efficiently as it should which triggers your body to crave water.
What are the signs?
It’s often difficult for the body to decipher between hunger and thirst. Use this simple rule of thumb: if you feel like you are hungry, first try drinking a glass of water. Your body may be giving you the first signs of dehydration.
Is eight really enough?
Most people are probably used to hearing the “one size fits all” idea when it comes to water. “Drink eight, 8-ounce glasses a day” and you are fulfilling your daily need… this isn’t the case anymore. Experts now suggest striving to drink between a half an ounce to an ounce of water for every pound you weigh.
Are there ways to obtain your daily fluid need other than drinking water?
Absolutely! Try juicy foods such as cucumbers, tomatoes, and peaches. Some foods perceived as “dry” also contain high percentages of water… include beans, roasted chicken and baked salmon in your diet. Fluids still need to be a top priority. If you are bored with water, try herbal tea, sparkling water, or water with fruit flavors.