How Much Is Enough?

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Mar 11, 2014 Healthy Eating 0 Comments

Did you know that our bodies are 75%-80% water? And our brains are even more thanthat – a whopping 85% water. No joke, we’re just big bags of water walkin’ around. And that’s why we hear so much about how important it is to drink a lot of water each day. So how much is enough?

On average, men should have around 3 liters (or 13 cups) and women around 2.2 liters (9 cups) each day. But even that may not be enough. Most of us are chronically dehydrated largely because we need even more water than usual when we…

• Have high stress levels
• Eat processed foods, like fast food
• Drink alcohol
• Drink caffeine
• Exercise or run around a lot
• Live in a warm or dry climate
• Live at a high altitude (above 8,200 feet)
• Have an illness of fever, diarrhea or vomiting
• Have diseases including heart failure, kidney, liver or adrenal disease
• Have an infection of the bladder or urinary tract
• Are pregnant or breast feeding

Living in a state of chronic dehydration causes exhaustion, headaches, fatigue, poor performance of body functions, sugar cravings and increased hunger, among other things. So the next time you feel tired or hungry, or you notice you fit into that list above, grab yourself a glass of water. It’s a habit that can really make a difference.