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You lose and use water constantly. You lose water when you sweat and urinate, and even when you exhale. It's important to keep your body in equilibrium by replacing water that you expel through drinking plus eating fruits & vegetables that are high in water. Where you get water from is really important in this day and age as there is so much contaminated water out there. Remember when filtering water you are also removing important minerals that are important for your health. Did you know through exercise you can actually restructure the water that you have in your body? Also it has been said the sun can also restructure water in eumelanin beings.

Situations where the body needs more water:

  • In hot and/or humid climates

  • When doing physical activity

  • When feverish

  • When vomiting

  • With diarrhoea

  • When pregnant

  • When ill

  • When breastfeeding

  • When taking certain medications

  • When you have burns, like extensive sunburns

  • At high altitude (which causes increased urination and breathing rate)

  • Those with chronic health issues, the elderly, infants and young children are all more sensitive to dehydration

Signs of dehydration:

  • No tears

  • Sunken eyes

  • Less urine than usual

  • Dark urine (although this can also be affected by medications, diet and supplements).

  • Dry mouth

  • Lack of saliva

  • Fast heart rate

  • Cool, dry skin

  • Fatigue or lethargy

  • Impaired mental functioning

  • Sunken fontanel, or soft spot, in infants

  • Listlessness or coma in severe cases

The amount of water you need depends on many factors, including:

  • General health

  • Diet

  • Age

  • Percentage body fat

  • Air temperature

  • Activity level

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