Did you know that almost 75% of the American population is not properly hydrated? If you’re experiencing drowsiness, headaches, or decreased bowel movements, it could very well be due to dehydration. Dull skin, dry mouth, fatigue, even weight gain. These are all side effects from not taking in enough water. Hydrating during exertion is especially important, due to water the body loses via sweating. The average person loses up to 2 cups of water per day! Most people have heard at least 8 cups of water per day is recommended. However, this is a minimum. Depending on climate and how much the body exerts, much more is needed. Benefits of hydration are vast: radiant skin, increased energy levels, aided digestion, maintained electrolytes, regular bowel movements, and weight loss. Not only does staying properly hydrated help with weight loss, it helps reduce water weight. Ironically, the more water consumed, the less water weight the body will have. An easy indication of hydration is the color of your urine. When leaving the body, it should be slightly tinted yellow, like lemonade. If it looks like apple juice, that is a key indication that you should start drinking more water. Clearly, hydration is extremely important for the body so remember this as you go about your day.

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