Drink up! The connection between hydration and your health

Glasses of water

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Water – the elixir of life, the fundamental fluid that makes up about 75% of our human body, and about 80% of our brain. The zero-calorie wonder that can quench your thirst and keep your body’s systems functioning smoothly. But also, that much overlooked beverage most Americans don’t drink enough of.

According to a five-year (2005 – 2010) survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. youth drank an average of 15 ounces of water and U.S. adults drank an average of 39 ounces of water on a given day. That’s far less than the seven to eight glasses of water a day that we’re told we should aim for, or the general recommendations of the U.S. Food and Nutrition Board that women should get approximately 2.7 liters (91 ounces) of total water – from all beverages and foods – each day, and men an average of approximately 3.7 liters (125 ounces daily) of total water.

Instead, we’re pounding the lattes and Frappuccino’s, and robbing our bodies and brains of much needed, non-caffeinated healthy fluids (caffeine is a diuretic, which causes further fluid loss). The result is that many of us are dehydrated but don’t really know it.

Here are a few reasons why that’s not healthy:

So drink up, and eat fresh fruits and vegetables (20% of your needed water comes from foods). Stay cool and hydrated, for your healthiest self.