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Why do we need water?

WHY HYDRATE?

Drinking enough water every day is good for overall health.  Plain drinking water has zero calories, helps with managing body weight and reducing caloric intake when substituted for drinks with calories (like regular soda).

Drinking water can prevent dehydration; a condition that can cause unclear thinking…resulting in mood change, causing your body to overheat, constipation or kidney stones.  In fact, the National Hydration Council attributes that 1 in 10 cases of tiredness are caused by dehydration.

HOW MUCH?

Hydration needs vary based on gender and body composition.   Some water loss is inevitable throughout the day, so in general adults should consume at least 64 ounces of water daily to keep their bodies in equilibrium.  According to the CDC, daily fluid intake can come from food and beverage…80% from drinking water and other beverages, 20% from food consumption. 

The Food and Nutrition Board set general recommendations for water consumption for healthy men and women.  Men should have an average of 121 ounces of total water daily (that’s 97 ounces from drinking fluids) and women should consume an average of 91 ounces (73 ounces from zero calorie beverages).

KEEP HYDRATED!

Thank you for joining the Hydration Challenge!! Don’t forget to LOG IN and “fill” your glasses of water this week (your drop down should be on Week 1)!  At the end of next week (March 16th), two whole weeks of FULL glasses gets your name in for a chance at 1 of THREE $25 Gift Cards

Remember: 8 ounces of water equals 1 “glass” of water.  “Fill” 8 glasses each day to reach the recommended 64 ounces (the Work Well water bottle holds around 20 ounces).

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