How Do I Know If I'm Drinking Enough Water?

Water, huh? It’s not the most exciting sounding drink as we’d probably all prefer an ice-cold Coke instead, but putting down the caffeine and picking up your water bottle does wonders for your health.

Read on as our team at AFC Urgent Care Fountain City provides some more helpful info on water and its importance.

What Does Water Do for My Body?

Did you know that the majority of our bodies are made up of water? Well, if you didn’t, you do now, as our blood is 90% water. Experts state that in addition to protein, fats and carbs, water is treated as the fourth macronutrient to make sure our bodies are functioning properly.

To name just a couple things it helps, staying hydrated greatly helps your blood flow and your digestive system. Water ensures that your blood is the perfect consistency to carry oxygen to the rest of your body, and drinking water reverses the effects of constipation.

Other Benefits of Drinking Water

  • Helps prevent kidney damage and disorders
  • Keeps wrinkles out of our skin and fights off certain skin disorders
  • Lowers risk of tooth decay

How Can I Tell If I’m Drinking Enough Water?

An easy way to tell is by taking a look at the color of your urine. The lighter the color, the more hydrated you are. The brighter the color and the stronger the smell, the more water you need to drink.

The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine recommends, though, that men drink about 125 ounces a day and women drink about 91 ounces. The average person might only drink about half of that a day, so stay mindful of your water intake to make sure you’re staying healthy.

Signs of Dehydration

  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Fatigue

Feeling dehydrated? Visit us today at AFC Urgent Care Fountain City to get the treatment you need!