Water - how much??

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Most of us are aware of the importance of drinking water, but have a hard time doing it.  Our bodies are made up of over 75% water so it makes sense for us to continually hydrate.  Getting your daily requirement of water helps your organs function, keeps your skin clear from those pesky outbreaks and, allows you to physically move smoothly.

It can be confusing to figure out your body's daily requirement for water.  The standard recommendation most of us hear or read about is, 64 oz. or approximately 1/2 your body weight in ounces per day.  I think this is a good standard to start with, but I also think that instead of trying to keep track of those ounces every day you can learn to drink when you body tells you it's thirsty.  The first sip of water that touches your lips will usually tell you how much your body needs.  I find that if I carry my water bottle, filled with water, I tend to drink quite a bit more than I normally would without my water bottle.

Drinking plenty of water is CRITICAL to maintaining good health.  Most of us drink some type of caffeinated drink as soon as we open our eyes in the morning.  We wash down our lunch with a diet coke, tea or other carbonated beverage and finish off our day with an alcoholic beverage.  Water might fit in there a couple of times but not nearly the amount our bodies need in order to maintain healthy function.  If you tend to have a lot of headaches, skin breakouts, bad breath, poor digestion and general fatigue, you might want to try adding more water into your diet and see if that doesn't clear up your problem.

Be nice to your body and keep it healthy by staying hydrated!