Dehydration Slows Down Metabolism

904Your cellular function slows down when you are dehydrated, causing you to experience concentration issues and fatigue. When you’re in a dehydrated state, your body has trouble utilizing fat as fuel. In fact, your metabolism experiences a 3% drop just from mild dehydration.*

When you drink enough water, your metabolism has the ability to increase and so do your energy levels. Women should try to drink 9 cups of water a day, while men should strive for 13.

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*http://www.livestrong.com/article/409152-does-dehydration-slow-metabolism/
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Stay Hydrated

893With our bodies being composed of about 70% water, it is so important to stay hydrated throughout the day. For a healthy metabolism and detoxification, pure water is essential. Staying hydrated also helps aid in circulation and even improves the appearance of your skin.*

Try enhancing the flavor of your water naturally with slices of lemon, lime or cucumber. Not only will your water have more flavor, but these additions can also help fight off indigestion, water weight gain, headaches and heartburn.

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*http://abcnews.go.com/Health/healthy-reasons-stay-hydrated/story?id=19714263
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Check Your Urine Color

1708By not hydrating and providing your body with enough water, you can experience many unpleasant side effects. Without providing sufficient hydration, headaches, constipation, diarrhea, sleeplessness, and stiff muscles are inevitable. Water is essential in flushing out toxins in your body while assisting with important bodily functions. A simple way to know if you are well hydrated is to check the color of your urine. If it is darker than pale yellow, then your toxins are not being flushed out. Luckily, dehydration is 100% preventable; all you need to do is drink up.*

If you find your urine to be darker than a light yellow, you need to hydrate. Women should strive for around 9 glasses a day, while men should strive for 13. Pace your drinking out by starting with a glass of h2O first thing in the morning.

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*http://healthyliving.msn.com/health-wellness/what-your-urine-is-telling-you-about-your-health-1
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H2O Throughout the Day

Water protects your body’s tissues, lubricates your joints and helps your body rid itself of waste. Being hydrated improves your mood, memory and immune function. Drinking water throughout the day is ideal. Women should drink 9 cups of water per day, and men should strive for 13 cups. If you feel thirsty, that’s a sign from your body that you are dehydrated, so drink up!*

Remember, liquids are not the only way to hydrate your body. Many fresh foods have high water content such as lettuce, celery, cucumbers, tomatoes, cauliflower, watermelon, spinach, grapes, grapefruit and zucchini.

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*http://lifehacker.com/how-to-trick-yourself-into-drinking-more-water-every-da-1678956552
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Health Benefits of Lemon Water

1524Just one cup of fresh lemon juice provides 187% of your daily-recommended value of vitamin C. Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning is a great way to balance your PH levels by alkalizing the body and lowering acidity levels. Starting your day with a glass of lemon water will help ease constipation and will support the function of your liver.*

Get into a morning lemon water routine by prepping enough drinks for the week and storing them in jars in your fridge. People who are less than 150 pounds should squeeze half of a lemon into each glass, and people over 150 pounds should squeeze a whole lemon.

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*http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/11-benefits-lemon-water-you-didnt-know-about.html
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Prevent Kidney Stones with H2O

1452Kidney stones form when you have high levels of a substance in your urine, such as calcium, and not enough urine volume to dilute it. Crystalized stones travel through your urinary tract, and if they get stuck, they can cause a lot of pain. Each year more than 500,000 people visit the emergency room because of kidney stones. The most common reason for developing kidney stones is not drinking enough water. People who produce 2.5 liters of urine a day are 50% less likely to develop kidney stones.*

Generally, drinking 10 glasses of water a day will help you produce the recommended 2.5 liters of urine. You can also use the color of your urine as a guide. Pale yellow is a good sign that you’re hydrated, and dark yellow urine is a sign that you need to drink more water.

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*http://kidneystones.uchicago.edu/how-to-drink-enough-water/
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Limit Drinking During Your Meal

1347We all know the importance of drinking at least 8 glasses of pure water a day. But did you know that drinking water during your meals could cause a digestive issue? Drinking a lot of water during your meal could potentially dilute the acid in your stomach. That acid is crucial to breaking down food and aiding in proper digestion. People who lack full digestion may experience weight issues, bloating, and nutritional deficiencies.*

To make sure that you do not dilute your stomach acid, limit your water intake during meals to 4-6 ounces. Also, stick to room temperature water. Cold water may get your metabolism working, but when eating, your body is better off devoting that energy to proper digestion.

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*http://foodbabe.com/2012/02/19/be-unconventional-stop-drinking-with-your-meals/
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Prevent A Gout Attack With Hydration

dA gout attack is best prevented by drinking a sufficient amount of water. Without enough water to flush your system, uric acid will build and may crystallize in your joints. One study proved that those who drank at least five glasses of water a day reduced their risk of a gout attack by 40 percent!

Take advantage of this simple trick, and beat gout by sipping on water throughout the day. Keep a bottle of water with you and set reminders on your phone to keep your water intake on track. You can also make water more flavorful with slices of citrus fruit or sprigs of fresh mint.

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*http://www.arthritistoday.org/about-arthritis/types-of-arthritis/gout/treatment-plan/how-to-stop-a-gout-attack.php
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Stay Hydrated

drinkWith our bodies being composed of about 70% water, it is so important to stay hydrated throughout the day. For a healthy metabolism and detoxification, pure water is essential. Staying hydrated also helps aid in circulation and even improves the appearance of your skin.*

Try enhancing the flavor of your water naturally with slices of lemon, lime or cucumber. Not only will your water have more flavor, but these additions can also help fight off indigestion, water weight gain, headaches and heartburn.

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Dr. Kim

*http://abcnews.go.com/Health/healthy-reasons-stay-hydrated/story?id=19714263
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Check Your Urine Color

By not hydrating providing body with enough water you can experience many unpleasant side effects. Without providing sufficient hydration, headaches, constipation, diarrhea, sleeplessness, and stiff muscles are inevitable. Water is essential in flushing out toxins in your body while assisting with important bodily functions. A simple way to know if you are well hydrated is to check the color of your urine. If it is darker than pale yellow, then your toxins are not being flushed out. Luckily, dehydration is 100% preventable; all you need to do is drink up.[1]

If you find your urine to be darker than a light yellow, you need to hydrate. Women should strive for around 9 glasses a day, while men should strive for 13. Pace your drinking out by starting with a glass of h2O first thing in the morning.

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[1]http://healthyliving.msn.com/health-wellness/what-your-urine-is-telling-you-about-your-health-1
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