When you talk to your primary doctor about improving your health, he or she may suggest some straightforward lifestyle changes in addition to medical treatment or prescriptions. Drinking enough water is one of these seemingly simple changes that can have a big impact on your overall health and cell function. Water plays a critical role in your body because much of your cells and more than half of your weight are made of it. Because you are constantly losing water through sweating, urination, crying and salivating, you need to consistently rehydrate your body with non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic beverages.
How the Body Uses Water
Without water, your body would not be able to move your muscles effectively, digest food, or remain in a stable state. Water works to regulate body temperature, lubricate the joints, and remove waste. In your bloodstream, plasma, which is comprised mostly of water, carries oxygenated blood cells to all of the vital organs and muscles before carrying away toxins that could cause your body harm. In addition to the cellular role that water plays, if you are not well-hydrated, you may notice several physiological symptoms like diarrhea, fatigue, dizziness, and dark yellow urine.
How Much Water Should You Drink?
It is generally recommended that individuals consume about 64 ounces of water per day, but this number can vary based on your age, size, activity level, and living environment. One way to measure how much water you need is to drink a glass whenever you become thirsty and then track your water intake for the day; then, try to drink at least that much water every day afterwards. You can determine if this amount is sufficient for hydration by monitoring the color of your urine—clear or light yellow urine signifies that you are getting enough water. You can supplement your water intake by drinking beverages like juice and non-caffeinated tea and by eating foods that have high water content, such as lettuce or watermelon.
For additional tips to help you stay hydrated or to receive other advice on maintaining your health, visit Memorial Clinical Associates. Our practice offers exceptional, full-service primary care in the heart of Houston's Memorial communities. Visit us online, or call us today at (713) 407-3067 to schedule an appointment.