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10 Unhealthy Habits You Need to Break Now (Page 2)

Not Drinking Enough Water

1. Not Drinking Enough Water

Water accounts for 60 percent of our body so it’s not too surprising that drinking water benefits your total body health. Staying hydrated helps to keep your memory sharp, your mood stable and your motivation intact. Keeping up with your fluids helps your skin stay supple, your body cool down when it’s hot, allows your muscles and joints to work better and helps clean toxins from your body via your kidneys. So, how much water should you be drinking? The Institute of Medicine says adult men need about 13 cups per day of fluid; adult women need about 9. (You get about an additional 2 1/2 cups of fluid from foods.) But because one size doesn’t fit all, the best way to know if you’re adequately hydrated is to monitor your urine color: if it’s light yellow (the color of lemonade), that means you’re drinking enough.

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