Did you know that our bones consist of 22% water, our blood consists of 83% water and our muscles contain 75% water. The human body is anywhere from 55% to 78% water depending on body size. This means that your body consists of 2/3 of water!
With the temperatures rising in the summer becoming dehydrated is very common.
How do I know if I am dehydrated?
- Dark urine: Urine is generally pale yellow to clear when you have sufficient water intake. Dark color or strong smell indicates that you need to drink more water.
- Dry skin: Skin is the largest body organ and requires its share of water.
- Thirst: Thirst is the most obvious sign that you’re already dehydrated. It is always a good practice to drink more water when your are not thirsty, don’t wait until you’re thirsty.
- Hunger: Most people mistake hunger for the indication to eat more, whereas in actual fact they may be dehydrated. So before you have your meal, grab a glass of water.
- Fatigue: Water is a source of energy and gives you a boost in energy.
How do I know how much water to drink?
8 glasses of water a day is what is typically recommended but it all depends on your body size, exercise routine, climate condition and health conditions. The approximate amount that you should be drinking is 1-2 liters per day. Many people find it difficult to drink that much water in a day. Here are some ways to make it easier:
- Glass of water first thing in the morning: This helps rehydrate you from the moisture you lost while you slept.
- Cold Water or Lemon Water: This helps boost your metabolism and makes the water easier to drink.
- Before and after your meals: This will fill you up, causing you to stay in control of what your eating.
- Before, during, and after a workout: You loose a huge amount of water while exercising.
- Switch to tea: If you’re used to drinking coffee try to switch over. Coffee has a much stronger diuretic effect than tea – which means it stimulates your need to urinate. Tea will let you retain more of the water you are drinking.
- Always keep a water bottle with you: This way you don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated or have to keep spending money at the vending machine!