The human body around 70% water, which means every cell in the body needs it. If the body lacks the hydration it needs, stress follows. One study showed that a decrease in hydration of 1-3% caused agitation and irritability. A drop of 3-5% caused headaches, weakness, and fatigue. Not only does water keep our bodies in a state of homeostasis (balance), it also rids the body of toxins and wastes, aids in weight loss, and prevents some types of headaches.
How much water do you need? Most experts agree on eight, 8 ounce glasses per day, but this may vary depending on activity level and weight. If you’re outside a healthy weight, you’ll want to add 8 additional ounces of water for every ten pounds outside you’re ideal weight.
Take a container of water with you everywhere you go. Freezing it the night before will keep water cold as it’s melting throughout the day.
Don’t like drinking water? Try adding lemon or lime (sliced or juiced), fresh mint leaves, or cucumber slices to add flavor.
Chop up a fresh cucumber, pouring 1-2 quarts of filtered water over them into a pitcher. Place in the fridge for 12-24 hours before enjoying.
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