This past week, the majority of the east coast experienced a heat wave causing temperatures to skyrocket into the high 80s to mid-90s. When temperatures are as intense as they have been this past week, it is extremely important to stay hydrated. The best way to stay hydrated is to drink eight 8 ounce glasses of water each day.
By letting yourself get dehydrated, you are putting your body at risk for a plethora of health problems. On average, the human body is made up of 75% water. In order to have all of the body’s systems functioning properly, an efficient amount of water must be consumed on a daily basis. An article, “Got Water? Why Dehydration Is Making You Fat And Sick,” published in Get Skinny Be Happy’s infographic, states drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning helps to get blood pressure to normal levels before eating breakfast. Blood is made up of about 92% water. If a person is dehydrated, blood thickens causing elevated blood pressure, which can eventually lead to blood clots. Elevated cholesterol levels can become an issue, as well, when you are not consuming enough water. The combination of high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure puts people at a great risk for coronary heart disease according to the American Heart Association.
By regularly consuming water, you are promoting mental, physical, and emotional health. When the body is dehydrated, fatigue becomes a major issue, causing the body and mind to become sluggish. Staying hydrated also decreases the risk for obesity, as water speeds up the metabolism. According to a 2010 experiment done by the American Dietetic Association, drinking two 8-ounce glasses of water before breakfast, lunch, and dinner, decreased the risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity.
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