Are You Drinking Enough Water?

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With the holidays coming around, it's hard to eat healthy. One of the ways that you can take care of your body through the enormous amounts of carbs and sugar (and alcohol), is by drinking water.

So, how much should you drink?

Water is so important to incorporate into your daily lifestyle.In fact, the US Department of Agriculture recommends different amounts of water based on age, sex and health status. The specific recommendations are based on the amount of water lost on a daily basis through perspiration, respiration, urination and metabolism.

Up to 80 percent of your body weight is water. Muscle tissue is comprised of mostly water and protein. Your body also needs water to help digestion, to stay cool, repair or regenerate cells,keep blood pumping through your veins and to help flush toxins out of your body. Your body uses different amounts of water for these activities every day, and even more in hot, humid weather or during exercise. Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don't have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.

So, in closing, this means that you should be drinking at least half of your weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 120 pounds, you should be drinking around 60 ounces of water daily! If you are not able to drink that much water, try starting out with drinking about 3-5 ounces per day. You can even add low-calorie flavoring to your water like Crystal Light or Mio Energy to make it a little more tasteful and exciting.

Happy Holidays!

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