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Eight Glasses A Day - Staying In Balance
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Eight Glasses A Day  -  Staying In Balance

Eight glasses a day. For some people that's a lot of water. Yet, doctors seem to agree that everyone needs to drink 8 eight ounce glasses of water each and every day. If you understand why you need so much water, it seems to go down easier.

Ideal Water Weight

Since 60% of our body weight is water and you constantly loose water through perspiration and urination, among other ways including just breathing, the body must constantly be replenished to stay in balance. Every system in the body depends on water. Water flushes toxins from our vital organs, carries nutrients to our cells and provides a moist environment for the ear, nose and throat tissues.

A lack of water replenishment provides a risk of dehydration, which can be a very serious condition. The first sign of dehydration is a dry mouth and having a thirst, then you will notice bright yellow urine in the bathroom. If you are getting enough water your urine should be clear to a very light yellow, try to always keep your urine a very pale light color. Dehydration can be a very serious problem and even cause kidney failure. Very few people ever suffer from getting too much water, except maybe a rare marathon runner who is just drinking water and running.

Water intake should be adjusted for activity level and men generally require more water than women. Adjustments should also be made for climate, more water is needed in a hotter dryer climate. Your health status also affects how much water is needed - if you have fever, vomiting or diarrhea you are loosing more water and therefore need to drink more. Also if you are drinking for two, as in pregnant or breast feeding, you need more than the basic 8 glasses of water. Drinking Gatorade is a good way to replenish your fluids. Another good source of water with a little more substance is Jello.

All fluids count for water intake. Foods are about 20% liquid, especially if you consume fruits and vegetables like you should. Other liquids count too, but water is really best because it is calorie free, inexpensive and readily available. Some people drink water bottles, some people use the tap, some use a filtered container system, some have a spout in the fridge, some have large containers of water delivered. It doesn't matter so much how you get it, just that you do get it.


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