Absolutely Everything!! Did you know your body is made up of approximately 60% water? It is necessary for cellular functions, tissue health, excretion of toxins, digestion, and much more. Without water, a person can typically only survive three to four days.
So, how much do you need? The amount varies depending on age, activity level and general environment. Men typically require 8-13 cups and women 8-9 cups per day (1 cup is equal to 8 fluid ounces). However, a good rule of thumb is to listen to your body! Symptoms of dehydration can range, but typically include headaches, dry mouth/lips/skin, thirst, muscle cramps, dark urine and decreased perspiration.
Monitoring your water intake is a vital part of good nutrition, especially for those who participate in high-intensity and prolonged exercise.
Join us in our first New Year, New You challenge and try to get your optimal water intake every day this week!