Water makes up half your body weight so staying hydrated is one of the most important steps you can take for good health.

We’ve all heard that the "8*8 Rule" (eight 8-ounce cups of water every day) is a good rule of thumb, but different factors can affect this amount. If you are active, especially outdoors in any temperature, you will likely need a bit more than half a gallon of water each day. Since the adult body is composed of 50-65% water, dehydration takes many forms, including fatigue, dry skin, dizziness, extreme thirst, headaches, constipation, and dark urine. Staying hydrated benefits our bodies in many ways.

1 – A Strong Digestive System

A major benefit of drinking enough water is to flush out toxins in your body via sweat and urine, and to boost your digestive and metabolic systems. If the water is icy cold, so much the better — your body must work to warm the water up, burning a few extra calories in the process. Water helps dissolve waste particles and passes them through your digestive system. The chance of painful kidney stones occurring is also reduced when drinking plenty of water.

2 – A Healthy Heart

The right amount of water helps the heart pump blood more efficiently. And, water can help the blood transport oxygen and other essential nutrients to your cells.

3 – A Peaceful Mind

About 70-80% of your brain tissue is water, so if you’re dehydrated, your body and mind are stressed and overworked. Regularly sipping a glass of water at your desk or carrying a sports bottle on the go will help keep stress levels down.

4 – A Resilient Body

Drinking water helps prevent muscle cramping and lubricates joints in the body. When you're well hydrated, you can exercise longer and stronger without “hitting the wall.”

5 – A Beautiful Complexion

Dehydration leads to more fine lines and deeper wrinkles in your skin. Drinking water hydrates and plumps skin cells, making your skin look younger. It also increases the blood flow and flushes out impurities, providing glowing, smooth, and moisturized skin.

Remember, if you’re feeling thirsty, you’re already slightly dehydrated. Keep a reusable water bottle near you at all times, and consider downloading an app on your smartphone to make tracking daily water intake fun, such as: Plant Nanny, Waterlogged, and Eight Glasses a Day.

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