And amazing news for coffee lovers like me:
According to Harvard University, all beverages containing water contribute toward your daily needs. And it's a myth that caffeinated beverages or those containing alcohol are dehydrating because they make you urinate. They do, but over the course of the day, the water from these beverages still leads to a net positive contribution to total fluid consumption.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for making me feel a little better that I always have a cup of coffee in my hand💗.
Here are some facts:
Water keeps every system in the body functioning properly. The Harvard Medical School Special Health Report 6-Week Plan for Health Eating notes that water has many important jobs, such as:
💧carrying nutrients and oxygen to your cells
💧flushing bacteria from your bladder
💧normalizing blood pressure
💧stabilizing the heartbeat
💧protecting organs and tissues
💧regulating body temperature
💧maintaining electrolyte (sodium) balance.
If you don't drink enough water each day, you risk becoming dehydrated. Warning signs of dehydration include weakness, low blood pressure, dizziness, confusion, or urine that's dark in color.
So how much water should you drink? Most people need about four to six cups of water each day.
How much water a day should you drink if you fit into that category? There's no one-size-fits-all answer. Dr. Seifter says water intake must be individualized, and you should check with your doctor if you are not sure about the right amount for you.
But even a healthy person's water needs will vary, especially if you're losing water through sweat because you're exercising, or because you're outside on a hot day. If you're wondering how much water you should drink on those occasions, speak with your doctor, but a general rule of thumb for healthy people is to drink two to three cups of water per hour, or more if you're sweating heavily.
Wow, that's a lot of trips to the bathroom.
How much water do you drink during the day?
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