Drink half your body weight in ounces of spring or well water every day. If you weigh 150 pounds that’s 75 ounces of water (about 9 cups). Many of us walk around dehydrated without realizing it and that can have a significant effect on our health and how we feel. Dehydrated bodies trap toxins and encourage water retention – a natural defense against the chronic “drought”. Are you looking for a simple way to lead a healthier life? When you consider that your blood is 92% water and your brain and muscles are 75% water it only makes sense that you need to stay hydrated.
• A simple test for dehydration: Pinch the skin on the back of your hand and hold for three seconds. When you release, if the ridge from the pinch remains for more than a second, you’re probably dehydrated.
• Water balances your electrolytes, controls your blood pressure, cleans the toxins from your kidneys and gives you more energy by helping your blood maintain a healthy volume. Proper hydration also regulates your body temperature and can help prevent heat stroke or hypothermia.
• If you ache more than usual after a workout, you may need to up your water intake. Water acts as a natural shock absorber for your organs and helps lubricate your joints. Proper hydration also improves concentration and reaction time and helps you burn more calories during a workout.
• Water is a natural boost for dieters. Before grabbing a snack or an extra helping, try drinking water between meals or a half hour before meals. An extra glass of water will keep your cravings in check while also helping to reduce fat deposits in your body.
• Beauty is more than skin deep. If your other organs are not hydrated enough, your skin will pay the price. Your skin repays hydration by being smoother, softer, more supple and healthier.
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