Desert dwellers we are close to basking in glorious temperatures. We have sizzled the past six months and ready for reprieve. As the mercury drops to cooler temperatures, keep in mind you must continue to stay well hydrated. Drinking copious amounts of water and fluids with hydrating components can prevent you from becoming dehydrated. Even though you may not feel thirsty, continue to keep your body full of healthy liquids.

From a very young age I recall being taught, “drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day.” Over the years research has shown otherwise. While everyone is different, the amount of water one drinks may vary. Now researches say, “drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day.” We are different in weight and height. Plus, we partake in a myriad of physical activities. The human body is miraculous. Water is the body’s principal chemical component and makes up approximately 60 percent of our body weight. Every system in our body depends on water. The more water and fluids we drink the better our body can flush toxins from our system.

Each day we flush our systems through perspiration, visits to the restroom, and even our breath. On average a woman should consume 2.2 liters of water/fluids per day, 9 cups. Men on average should consume 1.3 liters of water/fluids per day, 13 cups. This is not based upon climate or physical activity but rather a regular per day average.

The largest organ in the human body is our skin. Our skin needs to be hydrated internally by drinking plenty of water and hydrating fluids. Our second largest organ is our liver. The human liver serves a plethora of functions. It relies heavily upon water as a source of flushing toxins. If the body does not receive enough water and hydrating fluids, the liver becomes overworked. Our liver stores sugars, minerals, and vitamins. It also regulates the storage of fats and metabolizes alcohol. Without enough fluids, dehydration can occur. Symptoms of mild dehydration include fatigue, headaches, and dull eyes. Excessive mild dehydration can include symptoms such as hair loss and loss of elasticity in the skin. Your body and especially your liver can work at its peak performance when hydrated properly.

Water is tasteless and may seem dull to drink all of the time. Consider the following suggestions; Water with a hint of your favorite citrus squeezed to add flavor. Or, include slices of your favorite citrus. Cucumber slices are always refreshing too. Or, add a teaspoon of chia seeds for extra hydration. Coconut water is also a favorite among many and extremely hydrating.

Be sure to check the sugar content on sports drinks. Many sports drinks offer electrolytes and other helpful ingredients to help fuel your body. Yet, do not solely depend on these drinks. Drink sports drinks in moderation if you must.

Water is still your best source of hydration. Purchase a reusable water bottle and fill throughout your day. Drink up and be healthy!

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