Staying Hydrated is About More than Thirst

WaterbottlePinkSherbertPhotoFlikrYou need to be especially aware of the need for proper hydration in the warm summer months, but the benefits of drinking enough water go beyond quenching thirst any time of year.

MindBodyGreen points out five facts about good hydration that you might not know:

  • Dehydration can cause physical pain, including chronic joint pain, headaches and gastric ulcers, because the body needs water to carry acidic waste away from our cells.
  • If you’re feeling fatigued, you may be thirsty, not hungry. Just a 5 percent drop in water levels in your body can cause a 25-30 percent drop in energy.
  • Chlorinating water can remove dangerous pathogens from what we drink, but is also may disrupt the healthy flora that reside in our gut, possibly disrupting digestion.
  • Chronic dehydration can trigger allergies and asthma.
  • How much water you need each day varies by individual and our size, activity level, stress level, climate or temperature, and diet. However, drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water is a good metric to use (75 ounces daily for a 150-pound person, for example).

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