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Okay so I have been slacking off and ignoring my blog. What am I saying, I have been slacking off A LOT. Of course, each time I feel guilty and console myself that there is nothing to update but that isn’t true! Many exciting things have happened and in a way I was too busy living life in the moment. But I am getting back into the swing of things. I promise. Really!

So as a some-what spur of the moment post, I decided to educate you about the wonders of *momentous pause* WATER! Have you heard that you are suppose to “drink your weight in ounces everyday”?! Or how about “drink eight glasses a day”? Either way you should probably increase your water intake.

Water is the main component in your body. Water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. So naturally it is vital to stay hydrated everyday! Also, despite the structural nature of human cells, every system in your body depends on H2O to carry out chemical processes that keeps your cells healthy and functioning. Not only is water an essential component to cell heath, it also carries out major bodily functions like flushing out toxins and carrying nutrients all over your body.

The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day. So drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day is about 1.9 liters, which isn’t that different from the Institute of Medicine recommendations. The “8 x 8” rule can be a an easy phrase for you to remember to at least get close to what you need in a day.

Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don’t have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired. So if you are getting headaches (a sign of dehydration) and feeling tired (another sign) you should definitely chug some water! It is good practice to drink at least two glasses of water when you wake up or when you eat breakfast. This will give you a boost for the rest of the day. This is especially important if you are going to have a busy day – too busy to stop and eat and drink properly.

Remember that while all beverages add to your daily water intake, it is important to drink mainly water. Caffeinated and alcoholic drinks will dehydrate you instead of the reverse. If you have a hard time drinking so much plain water, you can add low calorie flavoring like Mio and crystal light. Personally I love tea (even though it is lightly caffeinated).

For more big benefits of water check out these from WebMD.com.

Also read these beauty benefits from Health.com and LadiesHomeJournal.com.

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