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The Dangers of Dehydration: 11 signs you're not getting enough water

Summer is almost here, and it's getting hot! As the summer creeps in and you begin spending more time in the heat, it's important to become more aware of your hydration.

60% of our body weight is water, and every system in our body relies on water to function, so staying hydrated- no matter what time of the year- should be your number one priority. But as you step outside and start adding things like heat, and exercise to your routine, then you need to make sure you're replenishing yourself.

But how do you know how much water you should be drinking?

It's probably more than you think. You may have heard the cliché of needing 8 cups of water a day, but it’s actually quite a bit more! The typical adult loses 10 cups of water each day through their normal activities, men commonly loosing more. On average, women should drink at least 10 cups a day, and men should drink at least 15 cups. Drinking any less, or completing activities that make you lose more water, can significantly increase your chances of dehydration.

But don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that you must drink water every second of the day, it just means you need to stay conscious of how much you are drinking and listen to your body when it tells you to drink more.