KeepCalmSummer is right around the corner. Are you drinking enough water?

Did you know that the human body is composed of 80% water? Your blood is 92% water, your muscles and brain are 75%, and your bones are 22%. Water is the most vital source of energy in the body.

However, the average adult doesn’t drink enough water to replace the 10 cups that he loses every day simply by breathing, sweating, urinating, and eliminating waste.

How do you know if you’re dehydrated? Well, unfortunately, feeling thirsty is just like feeling pain. It acts as a warning signal when your body has already tried to fix the underlying issue…and often times it’s too late. So if you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.

And dehydration may be the cause for many of your other health problems.

Dehydration causes:

Enzymatic activity in the body to slow down, resulting in FATIGUE.

Airways to restrict as a means to conserve water, leading to an increase in histamine production, thereby causing ASTHMA and ALLERGIES.

Your blood to become thicker causing resistance to blood flow and resulting in HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.

Toxic buildup in the skin making the skin more vulnerable to all types of skin disorders, such as ACNE, DERMATITIS, PSORIASIS, PREMATURE WRINKLING, and DISCOLORATION.

A shortage of alkaline minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, which can lead to a number of Digestive disorders, including ULCERS, GASTRITIS, and ACID REFLUX.

More cholesterol to be produced to prevent water loss from the cells resulting in HIGH CHOLESTEROL.

An accumulation of toxins and acid waste which creates an environment where bacteria thrive, resulting in your BLADDER and KIDNEYS to be more prone to infections, inflammation, and pain.

Cartilage to weaken leading to JOINT PAIN and discomfort.

Wastes to move through the large intestines much more slowly, or sometimes not at all, resulting in CONSTIPATION.

Cells to be depleted of energy which causes you to eat more leading to WEIGHT GAIN.

The skin to wrinkle and wither resulting in PREMATURE AGING.

If that isn’t enough incentive to get you to drink more water, maybe this following study will be. Researchers estimate that over the course of a year a person who increases his water intake by 1.5 liters a day would burn an extra 17,400 calories, for a weight loss of approximately 5 pounds. Drinking 2 8-ounce glasses of water before breakfast, lunch and dinner will hydrate your cells, keeping them feeling nourished and causing you to eat less.

Drinking cold water in between your meals speeds up your metabolism and burns more calories, and warm water during your meals aids in proper digestion of the food.

If you really want to detox your body, squeeze half of a lemon in a cup of warm water and drink upon waking before you ingest anything else. This detoxes and cleanses all of your organs and cells. Read more about the benefits of warm lemon water here: