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Water Works!

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Our bodies are more water than anything else. We’re made of it. And we cannot live without it.

Fluid requirements differ for men and women.
The Institute of Medicine says women need about 11 and a half cups of fluids each day.
Men need more: about 16 cups.

I know that sounds like a lot- But don’t sweat it. You don’t have to drink it all. You can actually eat it too. Fruits and vegetables are a delicious way to help stay hydrated.

Dehydration – literally, the loss of adequate fluids – can have serious consequences. It increases risk of kidney stones, and has been linked to exercise-related asthma. Dehydration negatively affects mood and brain function. It can trigger migraines.

Our bodies automatically initiate heat exchange mechanisms, like perspiration, to maintain our vital internal temperature. Children and athletes, because they’re more active, are more vulnerable to dehydration.

But no matter why you sweat, the more you sweat, the more liquid you need to replace what you lose to evaporation. So be sure you drink extra when you exercise, and during warmer weather.

The CDC says each year about 650 people die from extreme heat, and the dehydration it can cause.

So if you want to stay healthy, stay hydrated.