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Today we’re going to find out exactly how much water we need to drink daily, and focus on getting it in.

Many of us are dehydrated and we don’t even know it. Water is necessary to the function of all our internal organs and we have to replenish daily. One of the most common causes of digestive problems, your immune system, and the inability to naturally detoxify … is dehydration.

If you exercise regularly, it is essential that you stay hydrated. Dehydration causes muscle fatigue and cramping, and the body’s ability to maintain body temperature is decreased.

If you’re consuming alcohol regularly or drinking more than a cup of coffee daily, you need to be aware of the dehydrating effect they can have.

So, how much water do you need to stay hydrated? Recommendations are:

Women: about 8 cups
Men: about 10 cups

Because we’re all made up a little differently, our water needs may vary. Factors in your recommended daily intake include age, activity level and where you live. If you exercise, or do anything that makes you sweat, drink extra water. 1.5 – 2 extra cups is good for short rounds, but for longer more endurance style exercise, drink more. Pregnancy or breastfeeding requires more fluid intake. Hot and humid weather, or hot indoor conditions that make you sweat also requires that you drink more water.

If you’re sick, or develop an infection focus on staying hydrated, and rehydrating. Water helps transport and filter waste from our body. Staying hydrated will help protect you from getting sick, as your lymph drainage pathways will stay open and be able to do their natural filtering.

So how do you know if you are drinking enough water? As far as avoiding dehydration, the proof is in the pee. You will be on the right track if your urine is clear or pale. If it’s darker, keep on drinking!