Water Basics

How much water should I drink?

Proper hydration is important to your health and happiness. Your body continually replaces the water in your body. It’s continually expelled through breathing, perspiration, urine and bowel movements, and it’s replaced through eating foods and drinking beverages. It’s clear that the amount of water you consume has a direct affect on your health.

We have all heard that we need to drink our eight glasses of water a day. This may be oversimplified because we are all different shapes and sizes, but now modern science is proving how absolutely necessary good hydration is to us. Dehydration, which occurs when your body doesn’t have enough water, has been linked to headaches, mood swings, attention deficit problems, sluggishness, and has been directly linked to children’s ability to learn.

Many people think that they can drink 8 glasses of any beverage and it is the same as drinking their 8 glasses of water; this is not true. Many drinks, such as ones that have alcohol or caffeine are categorized as “diuretics”, which means that instead of satisfying your body’s need for water, they actually cause you to lose water, which dehydrates you further. Other drinks, such as juices and sports drinks have large amounts of sugar. While these drinks can be good in moderation, your body needs water more than it needs sugar or any other additives.

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