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WATER, ARE YOU CONSUMING ENOUGH?

WATER IS ESSENTIAL FOR HEALTH AND WELL-BEING, BUT MOST PEOPLE DO NOT CONSUME ENOUGH FLUIDS EACH DAY. OUR BODIES ARE AT LEAST 60% WATER, INSUFFICIENT WATER INTAKE LEADS TO DEHYDRATION. IMAGINE A GRAPE, NICE AND PLUMP, NOW IMAGINE A RAISIN, SHRIVELED AND WRINKLED, THAT’S DEHYDRATION.

Symptoms of dehydration:

Joint inflammation and pain- cartilage is 80% water helping your joints absorb shock.

Mood swings, panic attacks and anxiety.

Memory issues, brain fog and forgetfulness.

Headaches-This is a classic symptom of dehydration, water cushions the brain.

Constipation/bloating – dehydration slows down gut motility and elimination.

Fatigue – dehydration affects our energy levels.

Bladder/kidney problems and infections – dehydration can irritate the bladder and cause kidney stones..

Dental issues-A dry mouth causes bacteria to grow, tooth decay and bleeding or receding gums.

Elevated cortisol-cortisol supports the storage of fat in your midsection.

Water retention-retaining water leads to feeling bloated and puffy.

Allergies-When dehydrated, airways are restricted by the body to minimize water loss. This can make asthma and allergies worse.

Hydration eases menopause symptoms. Hot flashes are more frequent when you’re dehydrated so it only makes sense to make sure you’re drinking plenty of water in menopause. Dry skin, mood swings, fatigue and brain fog are all signs of menopause AND dehydration.

Hydration for digestion.

Water works with your stomach’s acids to break down the foods you eat. It travels throughout your system, softening your stool for easier bowel movements and helps prevent constipation while flushing out the waste through urination.

How much should I drink?

The basic rule is half your body weight in ounces but it actually depends on your size and your lifestyle. If you exercise, or walk a lot during your day, you should probably increase that number.

Even mild dehydration causes low energy and cognition while also increasing your chances of headaches. Water is critical for health and hydration, drink up!

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