Keeping our bodies well-hydrated supports immune system function, heart health, urinary tract wellness, and healthy digestion. Most of us need at least 30-50 fluid ounces of water per day to prevent dehydration,1 but exercise, weather, and other factors may increase our daily requirement for water.
Let's explore the importance of hydration in maintaining the optimal function and balance of the body's systems.
How Does Dehydration Affect the Body?
When we become dehydrated, the circulatory system becomes the body's top priority, and other organs and systems must make do with less water.
The results of this conservation may include:
Water, Water Everywhere: How Much Is Enough?
Most tips for staying hydrated say eight 8 oz glasses of water per day but, if you exercise vigorously or the weather is hot, it may be better to take your body weight in pounds, divide this number in half, and use that as your target number of ounces to drink per day.
As an example, a 160-pound person might need 80 ounces of water per day or 10 eight-ounce glasses.
How Does Staying Hydrated Promote Wellness?
The positive effects of drinking generous amounts of water span all of the body's systems, including the:
Hydration as Part of Healthy Living
The importance of hydration is just one part of the picture. Our approach to wellness at McCann Family Chiropractic is centered on treating the whole person and restoring peak system function. Dr. Matt uses gentle chiropractic treatments and dietary guidance to bring you back into perfect balance. He also recommends massage therapy to aid in this process. Call us today and start experiencing whole-body wellness for yourself.
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