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Drinking Water For Your Health

Updated on July 11, 2015

Why You Should Drink Water

Your body needs water to stay hydrated.

The amount of water that your body needs to function normally is determined by your weight.

Other things that need to be factored in to how much water you need to consume each day are how active you are and the climate that you are in.

Remember, your body is 60 to 70 percent water and your brain is 70 percent water.

When you don't drink enough water your body starts to dehydrate.

By the way, coffee, tea, soda, juice and energy drinks don't count as water!

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Symptoms of Dehydration

Some of the symptoms of dehydration:

  • The inability to think clearly(confusion)
  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Bloating
  • Light headed feeling
  • Dizziness
  • Low blood pressure
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Constipation
  • Loss of skin elasticity (if you pinch the skin it doesn't go back to its normal state)
  • Dark urine
  • And in extreme cases delirium or unconsciousness
  • Dehydration can even lead to death.

Drinking Water Is Very Important For The Elderly

My Dad As An Example

Drinking water is especially important for the elderly. I will use my dad as an example. If he doesn't get adequate water it is very obvious. He gets confused, his gait is very unsteady and he is tired. We thought that his confusion, unsteady gait and fatigue was from having had strokes. Some of the confusion is from the strokes but a lot of it was from dehydration. We noticed this when he was hospitalized and they gave him fluids through an i.v.and he perked up and was less confused almost immediately.

A lot of elderly people don't drink enough water daily because they don't want to have to get up in the middle of the night. To solve that problem with my dad he has started drinking water when he gets up and continues until around 5 p.m. which gives him plenty of time to get his daily water intake.

How Much Water You Should Drink?

You can easily figure out the amount of water that you should be drinking every day with this water calculator.

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      Waterpurification 5 years ago

      Great Lens! very informative

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      malena10 5 years ago

      i drink water daily, but unfortunately water from pipe isn't good, we must buy it.

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      vegetablegardenh 5 years ago

      I find it difficult sometimes to drink enough water every day, but it does make a big difference when I do. Great lens!

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      dream1983 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens, well done! Thumbs up

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      KarenCookieJar 5 years ago

      I started drinking more water a few years ago and I definitely notice a difference in the way I felt.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I like the attractive way you set up this lens. You made it easy to see why we all should be drinking more water; well done!

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      Great info. I drink TONS of water everyday. I love it! I also drink a lot of green tea. I never drink soda. ever. Water is so good for you and it has helped me keep the weight off since I had my son. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Mark Falco 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      We bought some of those sports bottles to ensure we actually did drink enough water. It makes it easier to know just how much you have drank during the day. Before that I know we were not drinking enough and we can certainly tell the difference now that we have cut back on coffee and soda and reaced it with more pure water.

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      OliviaDaughter LM 5 years ago

      Thanks for the info. Water is good for the body. I need to drink more.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I did not drink much water before as I was addicted to coffee but now I have changed that and I feel much better.

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      zigpop lm 5 years ago

      I so agree with drinking water... I have artisan well water and I drink it all day long and take a glass for night stand in bed. I rely and depend on it. Sugary drinks are so bad.. we do drink tea, sweetened, but in major moderation. Water. It's for living!

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      Judy Filarecki 5 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      Great lens. I live in AZ most of the year and realle learned the value of drinking water once moving out there. If I get tire of just plain water I add lemon or lime or pomegranate juice and a little stevia and I'm all set.

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      smithjoness 5 years ago

      Your post is more informative & describing the benefits of drinking water towards constipation. I hope readers will follow it.

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      kimark421 6 years ago

      Great lens. I was amazed how much weight I lost just by switching to almost all water instead of pop (yep, northerner), tea, etc...but I didn't change my food intake.

      Thanks for the great read!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      terrific topic, very important indeed. enjoyed reading this tonight, you earned a 'thumbs up' from this reader.

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      fugeecat lm 6 years ago

      I'm not able to drink as much water as I use to and I can feel the difference.

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      spartakct 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens, nice information! thanks for sharing!

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      ICanCook 6 years ago

      I drink lots of water and look about 15 years younger than I really am. Just this one thing can make a big difference.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Great lens - I drink water constantly during the day.. I feel miserable if I stop!

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      justholidays 6 years ago

      To say the truth, I wasn't fan of water for a long time, however, it's been two/three years that I drink at least one bottle water per day, it makes me feel good and feel... clean!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      I drink a lot of water, but not enough.

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      celeBritys4africA 6 years ago

      I find your lens very useful.

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      jeffersonline 6 years ago

      Hi Jodi - I came here to thank you for leaving a comment on one of my lenses and ended up learning a lot! Your list of symptoms and the link to how much water I should take in, has prompted me to look at what fluids I take in on a daily basis - and thankfully you haven't signed up to the 8 litres a day brigade.

      Thanks for taking the time to put this information together for us all

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What a great personal testimonial on the benefits of drinking water, both your and your Dad's experiences speak volumes!

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      jasminesphotogr 6 years ago

      Water is so important. It really is the only beverage I keep in the home (I use a water filter), and occasionally Zevia, of course. :)

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      javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Great advice!

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Yeah, I think most of us don't drink enough water. Once upon a time, I used to drink a lot of pop too, but I don't anymore. I prefer natural juices and of course, water, but I need to drink more. Thanks for this reminder! :)

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      I've been buying bottled spring water for at least a dozen years (which I turned into eight cups of green tea every day). I've had Brita water, and while it beats the heck out of unfiltered tap water, I prefer bottled natural spring water. But some of those multi-stage filters you're spotlighting look to be worth a try, though. Meanwhile, people who claim that there's no difference between spring water or filtered water and what comes directly out of the tap must think there's also no difference between filet mignon and round steak. Nice lens!

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      anilsaini 6 years ago

      nice lens

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      OrganicMom247 6 years ago

      Great lens! am also a firm believer of the healing power of water, also loved the tips on how to make a water filter.