Illnesses Caused By Dehydration

Ailments Caused By Dehydration
The adult human body is made up of around 60-70% water and will typically lose 8-12 cups a day through urination, breathing, sweating, digestion, and other natural bodily functions. Your body needs you to replenish lost fluids at a similar rate that it loses it to maintain good hydration which is essential for good health. This doesn’t have to be just through water or beverages as 20% of the average person’s fluid intake will come from food. Anyone is at risk of becoming dehydrated, but children, elderly and ill people are more susceptible. Illnesses can lead to dehydration but can also be cau...

The Importance Of Hydration In Fitness

The Importance of Hydration in Fitness
Most people understand that drinking plenty when working out is essential for keeping you healthy and hydrated. However, 40-43% of Americans between 20-50 years old consistently don’t drink enough water, even when they’re exercising. Many reasons can be given for not drinking enough water, with one survey finding 42% of American workers simply don’t feel thirsty, closely followed by 41% preferring other drinks, like coffee. But our bodies are made up of about 60% water, so it’s essential to replenish it so that everyday bodily functions that keep us in good working order can occur. How ...

Battling Dehydration: Common Signs You Need To Drink More Water

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Despite the fact that water is an essential dietary resource for nearly every living organism on the planet, most of us really don’t drink enough of it. In fact, it’s estimated that 40-43% of all American adults aged 20-50 consistently fail to meet the recommended daily intake for their age and size. Elderly adults and children are even less likely to be getting enough. By now we’re all aware of the “eight daily glasses” rule of thumb. However, factors like activity level, weather conditions, and health circumstances can mean some people need more water than others. The following are just ...

Is Drinking Bottled Water Good for You?

Couple drink from plastic water bottles
These days, more people than ever before are learning to rethink what they put in their bodies and give to their children. This is just as much the case with the water we drink as it is food or medicine. By now, most of us know that common tap water contains a wealth of contaminants up to and including microbes, harmful minerals (like lead or mercury, to name just two), and even pharmaceuticals. The go-to alternative to tap water for many people is typically bottled water … but should it be? Is bottled water any better for you than tap water? If it’s not, what’s the best way to make sure t...

What is Detox Water? Does it Work? Investigating and Debunking the Health Craze

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If you keep up with online health trends you have almost certainly heard of Detox Water at one point or another. Claims of its health benefits range from weight loss to helping maintain chronic ailments and diseases, while the simplicity of the recipes allows anyone to make some at home in their own kitchen. With our endless focus on hydration, we knew need to get to the bottom of this and see if detox water really does what its proponent's claim it does. Detox water is nothing complicated. Generally speaking, the recipes for making detox water and infused water are identical, but infused i...

Benefits of Infused Water & Finding the Best Infuser Water Bottle or Pitcher

Collection of Infused water with mixed fresh fruit
The practice of infusing water with your favorite fruit or herbs is hardly something new. Yet within the last few years, fruit infused water and infuser bottles have exploded in popularity, in part thanks to the online fitness and healthy living crave which dominates social media sites like Instagram and Twitter. Like most online health trends, infused water is touted to have tons of health benefits - some real, some exaggerated, and some entirely fabricated. In this article we'll try to sort out the signal from the noise and look at what the real, scientifically-backed health benefits of infu...

Alkaline Ionized Water Is A Huge Scam

Pure Snake Oil Ad
If you keep up with health trends, you've probably heard of alkaline and/or ionized water. Effectively, this is just water which has had its pH raised into the alkaline range, used with the aim of reducing the body's acidity. Proponents of alkaline ionized water claim that drinking this form of water has a huge range of health benefits - like with most snake oil, they don't even bother to reign in their claims of its benefits, proudly advertising alkaline ionized water's ability to do everything from helping manage cancer treatments to assisting with weight loss. For people looking to impro...

How My Fitbit Is Changing The Way I Drink Water

Fitbit Water Consumption Tracking Application Screenshot
You're probably thinking to yourself "what does a fitness tracker have to do with drinking water?" If you're familiar with modern fitness tracking devices like the Fitbit Charge HR, you might already know about the in-depth diet tracking features which have been integrated into the device and the app, which allow users to easily record what they eat in order to track their calorie and nutrient intake. A less familiar facet of this is Water Consumption Tracking. With a device like the Fitbit or even a simple app, it is now easily possible to keep accurate tabs on how much water you are drink...

5 Easy Ways To Drink More Water

Drink Water With Your Meals
Are you getting enough water in your day to day life? Many of us are not. According to studies done by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as much as 43% of Americans' drink less than 4 cups of water per day! While water intake requirements vary from individual to individual, this is still something of a shocking statistic. Personally, I could not imagine going a full day drinking less than 4 cups of water - I'd be parched! Yet for many people, drinking water is something of a chore and easy to forget or put off, regardless of how important it might be for their health. The key to getti...

Why Proper Hydration is Essential Everyday

The H2O Molecule
Of all the elements on Earth, none is more essential to life as we know it than water. While we might all be aware that life on Earth would be impossible without water, fewer are aware of the importance of proper hydration in their everyday life. No matter where you are or what you're doing, staying properly hydrated is vital for both immediate physical and mental performance as well as long term overall health. But why is it so important to hydrate your body? What are the benefits of proper hydration, and how can you tell if you are hydrated properly or not? Let's answer these questions an...