The importance of hydration to your health.
Water is life. Are you drinking enough to stay healthy and happy? Your body is 45%-75% water.1 From your brain and all your cells to every system and organ, every part of you needs water to function properly.
Below are recommendations for daily water intake to keep your body healthy and happy (and these numbers go up if you’re in a hot climate or exercising):
Does it have to be water?
No. You can also drink other beverages that are mostly water. Just try to avoid drinks that contain a lot of added sugar and empty calories.
While coffee and tea count toward your water intake, too much caffeine can cause insomnia, nervousness, and headaches. Everyone varies in their ability to tolerate caffeine and how fast they metabolize it. The Mayo Clinic recommends no more than 400 mg of caffeine daily, which is equal to about four or five cups of coffee. (1 cup = 8 oz.)
Alcohol removes water and essential nutrients from your body. Drinking extra water before and after an alcoholic drink can help prevent dehydration.7
Water-filled foods will help keep you hydrated too.
Many fruits and vegetables are almost 100% water and have the added benefit of providing your body with vitamins and minerals, like calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, and vitamin K.8 Eat more of these foods to stay hydrated: