Get Your Fill of Water

Do you commonly suffer from headaches, joint and muscle pain, or constipation? You might simply need to drink more water.

A study by Cornell University Medical Center's Nutrition Information Center, states that the majority of Americans may be suffering from some degree of dehydration. Minor dehydration can result in dry skin, headaches, and fatigue, while longer-term, more severe dehydration can dangerously affect blood pressure, circulation, digestion, kidney function, and nearly all body processes, according to the study.

Too often, symptoms of dehydration are misdiagnosed and treated with aspirin or another pain medication. Unfortunately, many pharmaceutical drugs further increase dehydration.

Tandis Bishop reminds us that all liquids are not equal to water. Only straight water can supply your daily water needs. You should limit caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea, and soda as well as alcohol---as they are not a substitute for water. Caffeine and alcohol are diuretics, which mean they actually cause your body to lose water, leading to dehydration. Sugary beverages can also pose a problem as sugar uses water to circulate through the body, drastically lowering the amount of water that actually goes to hydrating the body.

The easiest formula to determine how much water you should be drinking each day is to divide your body weight in pounds by two. The resulting number is the amount of water in ounces you should be drinking every day. Keep in mind that this is a minimum. People living in hot and tropical climates such as Hawaii, or those who are especially active will need more water.

A good way to ensure that you are getting enough water is to have a 1.5 liter (about 50oz) bottle with you throughout the day. Try to drink at least two cups of water in the morning, as morning is the best time for cleansing. Drink at least one of the 1.5 Liter bottles during the day, and then have a few more glasses in the evening.

Once you get into the habit of drinking water, it becomes very natural and you will actually become more sensitive to a lack of water in your body. You will notice when your body exhibits signs of dehydration and you will know exactly how fix it. Bottoms up!