Why Should You Drink More Water?

Why should you drink more water? We can survive for a month with out food but can only survive about four days with out water. Our bodies are made of 70 percent water and needwater for life and functioning.

We can survive for a month with out food but can only survive about four days with out water. Our bodies are made of 70 percent water and need water for life and functioning.

Water takes part in every function in our body. It is the transporter of nutrients necessary for body functions. It works in digestion, absorption, circulation and excretion. Water maintains our normal body temperature. Water improves the look of our hair, skin, eyes and muscle tone. We must replace the water that we lose through daily sweating and elimination.

Many people don't drink enough water. Being thirsty is not a good signal for how much water you need to drink. If people drank only when they were thirsty, most would never drink anything.



Everyone has heard that we need eight glasses of water a day. This is a half gallon. Experts are now suggesting that we need more. A gallon of water a day for optimum benefits.

You may think that this is too difficult. It is at first, but your body will adjust. In the beginning you will need to urinate frequently, but after about one week you will find that holding more urine is possible without having to

go to the bathroom as much.

To make sure you are drinking enough, fill up a gallon jug everyday and make sure you drink at least 3/4 of it. Write your name on the jug, don't let anyone else drink from it. Tell them to get their own jug! Guzzle down your

water through out the day, or sip it. Drink your water at room temperature or cold, however you prefer it. Just drink it.

A good test to know if you are getting enough liquid is the color of your urine. If it is dark yellow, you need more liquid. You need to make sure that your urine is clear and pale in the morning and in the evening.

Soda with caffeine, and alcoholic drinks, do not count toward your liquid intake. They actually do the opposite of hydrating your body, they cause you to lose fluids. Avoid these drinks for optimal hydration. If you plan to

party at night, drink more water during the day.

If you become dehydrated while you exercise it will stress your cardiovascular system. This reduces your ability to rid your body of excess heat. You may end up with heat stroke. Our body needs water to re-build the muscles that are being taxed during exercise. Before exercising, you

should make sure you are hydrated. After exercising drink water to replace lost fluids from sweating.

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