Ever wonder how much water we should be drinking daily? 8 cups a day used to be the standard. However, that’s false. Today, it’s recommended that you should try to drink half your body weight in ounces of water a day.
For example, if you weigh 200 pounds then you should aim to drink about 100 ounces of water a day. If you don’t drink enough water, some of the effects below could happen…
Your joints will rub and ache.
Dealing with this type of pain can be annoying. Around 65% of the body’s joint cartilage is made up of water. The cartilage between our joints is called synovial fluid and keeps our joints from coming in contact with each other. When you’re dehydrated, your body has less of this fluid and can easily lead to joint pain.
Drinking enough water helps you poop.
Drinking less water causes the contents in your colon to dry and get stuck. This can lead to constipation and having a harder time in the bathroom.
Drinking an adequate amount of water is also important for proper kidney function.
Our kidneys depend on water in order to work. If you don’t drink enough water you have a more likely chance of suffering from an infection or sickness. If too much waste products and excess fluid build up inside the body, then this could potentially lead to kidney failure and be life-threatening.
Your skin can become dull and lead to more chances for wrinkles.
Being dehydrated can cause your skin to become irritated, cause breakouts, and make fine lines more noticeable. However, there’s an easy fix to this. Eating more plant-based foods and drinking your recommended amount of water is an easy way to help improve the look and feel of your skin.
Dr. Dustin Emblom is a Doctor of Chiropractic who specializes in sports and family wellness and is passionate about helping his patients improve their quality of life.
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