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Drink more water!

You’ve heard these words before, but many not have paid as much attention to them as you should. Water makes up half our body weight and is crucial to our well-being, particularly in our dry Arizona climate.  Let’s be clear—soda pop and coffee contain water, but plain, old H2O is what keeps the machine well oiled.

Have you grabbed your water bottle yet? Think about it—your body expects water.  It needs water to function, to maintain the proper temperate, remove waste, lubricate your joints, etc.

So, you think you’re drinking enough water, right?  Here are symptoms of not having enough of it in your system

  • - Little or no urine, or urine that seems darker than usual
    - A dry mouth
    - Constant sleepiness or fatigue
    - Thirsty all the time
    - Headaches
    - Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
    - No tears when crying
    - Dry eyes

I personally experienced what happens when you don’t drink enough water years ago when I got up in the middle of the night to go to the restroom and passed out.  Fearing the worst, I went to the doctor’s office to find out what’s wrong and after examining my daily routine, it was determined I just wasn’t drinking enough water.  I was among those thinking coffee should suffice.

Back in the days of wearing contacts, I relied on eye drops to keep my constantly dry eyes moist and “less scratchy.”  Then, when I focused on drinking more water during the day, I found I had less of a need for them.

A good way of increasing your daily water intake is to set a goal, a measurement. Fill up a water bottle every morning at work and be sure to finish it before you go home.  If you prefer bottled water, make sure you knock down at least two of them before calling it a day. You should drink around 48 ounces of water per day.

I think you’ve got it by now.

The bottom line: We go back to where this whole post started—Drink more water.