Everyone has heard that we can live several weeks with no food, but only a few days with no water. And it’s true. Water is incredibly important for all of our body’s functions. But many people don’t drink nearly enough of it.

I could go on and on about how millions don’t have access to clean drinking water, but this is a health blog, not a social justice blog, so I will refrain from going on that tangent.

For those of us that do have access to drinkable water, we sure don’t act like it. Many recommend eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day (1.9 liters), but in hot areas or for those who exercise, it is more than even that.  The Mayo Clinic suggests men drink 3 liters, and women drink 2.2 liters every single day.

When is the last time you drank this much water? Good for you if you can remember when, but most of us don’t get our daily amount of water consistently. Like they say, if you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.

And dehydration can be really serious. It’s more than chapped lips and dry skin. Dehydration causes fatigue, decreased motor function, and improper bodily functions.

Water is what expels toxins from the body, so if not enough water is going through our organs, toxins build up and can be extremely harmful.  Water also sustains healthy tissues, and dehydration causes those tissue to wither and lose their form (like dry skin).

In America, water is everywhere. For your health, you should try to take advantage of that.

 

Thanks for reading, friends!

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