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Claudann Jones

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Here’s a look at some of the amazing vital functions of H20. The human body is made up of approximately 60% water, and has numerous vital functions in the body such as regulating your body temperature, helping your body digest food and absorb nutrients, helping flush out waste, moistening oxygen for breathing and lubricating your joints. Water makes up 75% of your brain, 75% of your muscles, 22% of your bones and 83% of your blood.

To prevent dehydration, you need to drink an adequate amount of water per day. The recommended amount of water per day is eight 8-ounce glasses, which is 2 liters, or half a gallon. If you are not drinking enough water, your body will begin to give you some warning signs. Some of the most common signs of dehydration are feeling tired, overheated, chronic joint pain and headaches. Take a look at other signs and keep hydrated, especially during the summer heat.

n Feel hungry? Drink water! It’s easy to confuse being thirsty with being hungry.

n Children gain heat faster than adults when the outside temperature is higher than their body temperature.

n Your body is telling you it’s thirsty when you are dehydrated.

• Check the color of your urine. The ideal color is a very pale yellow. The more transparent, the more hydrated you are.

• Drink plenty of water before and during physical activity. Sweat equals water loss.

• Research suggests drinking water can contribute to a healthy weight-loss plan.

Check out our watermelon & lime or cucumber & lime aguas frescas at https://dinnertonight.tamu.edu and find new and exciting ways to make water delicious.

For more information on health and wellness, contact Claudann Jones, Smith County Extension agent for family and community health, at 903-590-2980 or email at cmjones@ag.tamu.edu.

This article originally ran on tylerpaper.com.

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