Think about it...Are you drinking enough water?
The male body is made up of about 65% water and the female body is about 55% water. When dehydrated many bodily processes are negatively effected such as saliva production, digestion, and even your circulation. All of this water contributes to the different fluids throughout the body, so when fluid is lost it needs to be replenished. The best way to do this is by drinking WATER.
So many people reach for drinks like soda or juice. Now, if the body was comprised of 60% soda or juice I'd say go right ahead and drink as much as you would like. However, we do not live in that world. Taking that route introduces excess sugar into the body which decreases your immunity. It also creates an acidic environment within the body allowing diseases and cancer to thrive.
Water is needed for proper kidney function. The kidneys filter your blood and excrete waste really well but is dependent on how hydrated you are. Take a look at your urine, if it is dark in color your body is retaining water because it is not getting enough. If this is happening consistently your risk for kidney stones is increasing. In addition, studies have linked high soda consumption to kidney stones due to the fructose it contains.
Some other benefits of drinking water: skin looks better due to hydration, normal bowel function, maintaining proper body temperature, helps brain function, helps muscle function, increases satiety (feeling full), losing weight and even decreasing hangovers. The list goes on and on!
The recommended amount EACH DAY is different for males and females. Males is around 3 liters and females 2 liters. Are you close to that? Don't know how much 2 liters is? You probably know what a 2 liter bottle of soda is. Yeah, so drink that much water instead.
Here are some tips to drink more water:
1. Carry a travel bottle around with you
2. Drink a big glass as soon as you get up in the morning
3. Switch out the sugary drinks you typically drink with a bottle of water
4. Participate in some physical activity
5. Eat more fruits and veggies which consist of mostly water (ie: cucumber is 96% water!)
6. Go crazy and add cucumber or fruits to flavor your water!
7. Make it easily accessible
8. Don't buy other drinks, out of sight out of mind