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Are you avoiding drinking water? Do you often feel irritable, exhausted, or hungry? There just might be a correlation between those two. The adult human body is made up of at least 60% water. Drinking water is the best way to maintain adequate hydration for the body. We are constantly reminded to drink water by our doctors, our friends, our healthcare providers, tv ads, etc just in case we forgot. The Institute of Medicine recommends 91 ounces of water per day for women, and 120 ounces of water per day for men. Clearly we ought to be drinking water regularly. Unfortunately though, many of us simply don’t drink enough because we forget to, it’s inconvenient and/or we prefer other drinks. Some of us may even avoid drinking water altogether because we dislike the taste, or lack thereof.
Let’s talk about drinking water: Why do we need it? When should we drink it? How can we make drinking water enjoyable, or at the very least, palatable?
According to the Institute of Medicine, “the vast majority of healthy people adequately meet their hydration needs by letting thirst be their guide.” Listen to your body, and drink when it prompts you to do so. Practice reaching for water first, instead of soda, sports drinks, juice, etc. Consistent healthy choices, over time will produce healthy habits and lead to a healthier lifestyle. Be well and stay hydrated!
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