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Water Drinking

Be sure you are drinking enough water every day. Water is your body's principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells, and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues. Lack of water can lead to dehydration, constipation, and lack of energy. So, how much water does the average, healthy adult need? The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake for men is roughly about 13 cups (3 liters) of total beverages a day. For women, it is about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of total beverages a day. To make it easier, strive to drink 8, 8 ounce glasses of water every day. I usually tell my patients to keep a water diary. Just keep track of how many glasses of water you drink per day and then write down how you feel after each day. This can make a real difference.