Is Eight Glasses of Water Enough?

HealthA significant part of your body is made up of water. In addition to a large part of your body being made up of water, several daily body functions use water. Don’t think water deserves so much credit? Consider these wet-and-wild facts.

  • In a day, your lungs expel about two to four cups of water just through normal breathing (even more on a cold day).
  • You can lose up to a cup of water if your feet sweat.
  • In just six trips to the bathroom a day, you can lose about six cups of water.
  • Your body can expel about two cups of water a day if you perspire (and that doesn’t include exercise-induced sweat).

For these reasons and many more, it’s obvious that you need to replenish your body with liquids regularly.

How to Do It

Okay, so if your body is losing all of this water every day, what do you have to do to replenish it? The best thing you can do is drink a little bit of water all day long. Try sipping down about four ounces of water every hour when you’re awake. Take a water bottle with you when you’re driving, grab a glass of water before you sit down in front of the television, and bring something to drink when you go to that marathon meeting during your workday. If you don’t like the taste of water, try drinking extremely cold water or twist a lemon or lime in your water. If none of those options sound good, other liquids such as diluted fruit juices, skim milk, coffee, and diet soft drinks also provide the liquid your body needs.

Now that you know how to get the water your body needs, let’s talk about how much water your body needs. Many experts say that drinking between 8 and 10 glasses of water a day is a good rule of thumb. However, other factors, such as your body size, your body type (muscle holds more water than fat), your activity level, your age, and your diet, all play into the amount of water your body needs. If you have any questions about how much water your body needs or if you experience any symptoms of dehydration, touch base with your physician.

When You’re Not Getting Enough to Drink

Dehydration is one of the most common ways your body lets you know it’s not getting enough water. When dehydration occurs, your body has lost more fluids than it has taken in. This condition is not often life-threatening, but it can have serious consequences in babies and older adults. Symptoms of dehydration include feeling dizzy or lightheaded, having a dry or sticky feeling in your mouth, or producing less urine. If you experience any of these symptoms, take a moment to rest and get a drink. It’s also a good idea to get out of the sun and relax for the rest of the day. If symptoms continue, contact your physician.

Here’s the bottom line: your body needs water and it needs it every day, so try to keep a water bottle close by and refill it often. Your body will thank you for it.

H2O in Your F-O-O-D

Thankfully for the water haters out there, water can be found in a variety of places beyond the sink-including your dinner. The following are just a few of the foods that have high water content:

  • apples
  • broccoli
  • cantaloupe
  • carrots
  • celery
  • cooked cereal
  • cottage cheese
  • gelatin
  • grapes
  • grapefruit
  • iceberg lettuce
  • oranges
  • radishes
  • rice
  • soup
  • strawberries
  • tomatoes
  • tuna
  • watermelon
  • yogurt
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Yummy Healthy Summer Mango Recipe

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Your number one reason for exercise is unique to you. Maybe you want to fit into a smaller pant size or lower your cholesterol. Or maybe you just love how a good workout makes you feel.

Whatever your reason is, remind yourself of it often. Write it down and place it where you will see it everyday. It may be just the motivation that you needed.

Fresh Mango Pie

What better way to usher in summer than with this delicious no-bake mango pie? You won’t find any processed sugars or refined carbs in this dessert – just sweet and nutritious whole food ingredients. That being said, remember to use portion control even with nutritious desserts.
Servings: 12

Here’s what you need…

  • 2 cups raw pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground vanilla beans, divided
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cup pitted dates, divided
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3 ripe mangoes, peeled, seeded and sliced
  1. Combine the pecans, 1/4 teaspoon of the vanilla bean, sea salt and 3/4 cup of the dates in a food processor. Press half of the mixture into the bottom of a pie pan, set aside.
  2. Combine the remaining 3/4 cup dates, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean and water in a food processor or blender. Mix until a thick syrup forms.
  3. Place the mangoes in a large mixing bowl. Toss with the syrup until fully combined.
  4. Arranged the mangoes over the crust, then sprinkle with the remaining crust.
  5. Keep in the fridge and eat within 2 days.

Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 220 calories, 12g fat, 27g carbohydrate, 5g fiber, and 3g protein.

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Snack Healthy

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Snack Healthy

Travel days create the perfect opportunity for snacking. A mocha and scone before your flight, a salty snack on the plane and then before you know it – it’s lunch time! Road trips open up even more opportunities for regrettable snacking…rest stop vending machines, gas station quickie marts and of course the never ending string of fast food restaurants that line the highway.

This summer avoid unhealthy snacking by packing your own goodies. Try these:

  • Dried or fresh fruit
  • Unsalted nuts
  • Health bars
  • Cut veggies
  • Low fat crackers or pretzels

Also remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day. It’s easy to become dehydrated while traveling, so always carry a water bottle with you.