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Plenty of water in your diet helps digestion, skin, and muscle tone. It can help prevent cramping during exercise and even relive stress. Many times we are low on water - dehydrated, and don't realize it. Being dehydrated can manifest with symptoms like fatigue and depression. In fact, by the time we are feeling thirsty, we're already slightly dehydrated. That's one reason that we hear the recommendation to drink eight standard glasses of water daily. Adequate water helps you digest food an helps your body get rid of wastes. Your kidneys need to process water for you to eliminate waste by urination, and getting enough water ensures that these wastes are diluted. Not getting enough water can encourage the formation of painful kidney stones.

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    Here are a couple of benefits from drinking water that may come as a surprise to you. Drinking water revs up your metabolism, is Ultimate Anti-Aging Ingredient, and is amazing fuel to the body.
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    A Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism, answered on behalf of

    The average urine output for adults is about 1.5 liters (6.3 cups) a day. You lose close to an additional liter (about four cups) of water a day through breathing, sweating and bowel movements. Water drinkers average 75 to 90 fewer calories at each meal, which greatly aids in weight loss and weight control. 

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    You can make sure you're getting enough to drink by watching how much you drink and watching your urine color. Believe it or not, looking at the color of your urine is as effective an indicator for your level of hydration as laboratory tests. When you're hydrated, your urine should be straw colored. If you drink a lot of liquids, your urine will become lighter in color. Conversely, if you're dehydrated, your urine will appear darker.
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    Some common myths about how much water you should drink include:
    • You only need to drink 3-5 beverages each day, unless you're exercising heavily.
    • People who drink 8-10 beverages a day put an unnecessary strain on their kidneys.
    • It's okay to be mildly dehydrated, as long as you still urinate a couple of times a day.
    • Restricting water is a great way to drop several pounds in a few days.
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    Water intoxication or sickness from drinking too much water occurs where you exceed your capacity to get rid of water. Your capacity to excrete water is normally about 1000 milliliters per hour (which is about 4 glasses), so if you drink more than this, you will dilute your body salts.

    If the capacity to excrete water is impaired, then even lesser rates of consumption will result in low sodium concentration in your blood. Kidney failure is one reason for such an impaired capacity. The other, major reason for a failure to excrete a water load is the presence of a hormone vasopressin--the antidiuretic hormone. This last explains the frequency of low sodium concentration in the blood in marathon runners: marathon runners sweat and become volume depleted, vasopressin rises, thirst increases and due to the vasopressin, the water load cannot be adequately excreted and salt concentration falls.
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    You've heard the advice about drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily about a billion times in your life, right? There's actually no magic (or science) to this number. The right amount of water consumption varies according to your activity level and size. If you want, just drink enough water so that your urine is clear.
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    There is great variation of what any individual needs. For most people, their thirst is the best guide.
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    As an endurance athlete you will need to drink water on race day. Hydration is important regardless of weather. Plan to drink four to six gulps every 15 to 20 minutes, alternating between sports drinks and water. If you are taking a gel, you should drink water immediately afterward, as these can be too concentrated in sugar and cause cramping if not diluted with water.

    Even after you have finished the race, your body is still burning calories and going through your carbohydrate storage and possibly muscle tissue -- so you may have to replenish your body with carbs in a timely manner. After enjoying a celebratory brunch with family and friends, set your alarm every two to three hours to consume different sources of carbohydrates as meals or snacks to avoid a headache and recover much faster.
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    A , Nutrition & Dietetics, answered
    Here’s a tip for getting yourself to drink more water. Buy a pretty glass and keep it at your desk. Seriously -- it works! If you have something that you actually want to drink out of, you’re more likely to do it. And if you work at home or have a fridge at work, fill up a pitcher of water (most hold about 2 to 2.5 quarts) and keep refilling your glass all day. If you can’t do that, hopefully your workplace has a watercooler. You’ll just have to get up and refill more often, but since you’re peeing pretty much every forty-five minutes, you have a good reason to get up anyway.
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    We get fluid not only from drinking it, but many foods have large amounts of water. Watermelon is 91% water, carrots are 92% and cucumbers are 96%! Even yogurt is 85% water. So much of our daily fluid needs can be met with water-rich foods.
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