HYDRATION

                              

We know we should drink more water, but do we know why?

Our body uses water in all its cells, organs, and tissues to help regulate its temperature and maintain other bodily functions! 

Staying hydrated can help prevent:

  • headaches and migraines;
  • Bad breath, because water helps wash away bacteria and food particles from your mouth and teeth.

Drink enough water:

  • helps fight fatigue, which is one of the first signs of dehydration;
  • can help reduce appetite and the body burn fat faster (just drink two 8-ounce glasses of water before meals);
  • helps the digestive system work better and prevents constipation;
  • is important to keep our eyes and skin healthy;
  • Allows the brain to function 100%. Water gives the brain electrical energy for all brain functions, including thought processes and memory.

                 

How much water should I drink?

According to several sources:

About 3 liters of water for men
About 2.2 liters of water for women
The question about how much water to drink in a day has long been debated, but the answer is not as simple as most suggest. Several factors come into play in deciding the amount of water to drink:

man
woman (pregnant or not, who is breastfeeding or not)
height and weight
weekly activities
food
environment (hot and humid summer versus very cold winter)
We must also take into account the water contained in food!