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Published on May 11, 2018

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5 reasons to stay hydrated

Over half of our body weight is made up of water. Without water we would not be able to function. The amount of water you should drink daily varies from person to person. The general guideline is 64 ounces a day. Keep in mind you may need more or less depending on your body type and lifestyle. You know you are staying hydrated when your urine is a pale yellow. Read on for why you should stay hydrated throughout the day.

Weight management - Drinking enough water will help to keep you from eating when you’re not hungry. Often times when we grab for a snack it is really just water we need- not food.

Stay energized - When you are working out and sweating you are losing fluids at a quicker rate than normal. Your muscles need enough fluids to have the energy to push yourself in your workout. Be sure to keep yourself hydrated before, during and after your workout!

Stay focused - Your brain needs water too! In order to stay focused and be productive throughout your day make sure you’re drinking enough water.

Skin - Staying hydrated will help your body inside and out, including your skin. Water helps ease dryness and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, keeping your skin looking soft and smooth.

Helps you stay regular - When you are not getting enough liquids in your diet you are more likely to become constipated. Your body pulls fluid from your stool to try and keep your body hydrated, resulting in constipation.

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