By Celeste McLaughlin, Ergonomics Manager
Drinking half your body weight in ounces of water every day is recommended. For example, if you weight 150 lbs., you should drink 75 oz. of water every day. If it’s hot, or you are exercising you should up your water intake.
When drinking something dehydrating such as caffeinated drinks or a glass of alcohol, it is recommended to drink 1.5 oz. of water for every oz. of caffeinated drink or alcohol you’ve consumed.
Symptoms of dehydration include fatigue, kidney stones, rapid heart beat, dark under eye circles, heat exhaustion, dry mouth, dry skin, headache, constipation, dizziness or lightheadedness, irritability and confusion, dark colored urine, and shriveled dry skin which lacks elasticity. Nobody wants that.
Your body is composed of approximately 55%-60% of water. Water is a building material in every cell. It helps regulate our body temperature, transports carbs and proteins in the bloodstream, flushes out waste products through urination, is a shock absorber for the brain and spinal cord, lubricates your joints, the list goes on. Water is our friend. Drink up!