Up to 75% of our body’s weight is made up of water. When more water is leaving our body than is being taken in, we will begin to show signs of dehydration. If you feel thirsty, you’re already showing a sign of dehydration. If your spit is white in color, or foamy at all, you do not have enough water in your body to make saliva. The amount of water you need to drink per day varies, depending on your body size. To determine how much water you should be drinking on the daily, see the breakdown below:
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BODY WEIGHT DAILY                   FLUID REQUIREMENTS
100 pounds                                     50 ounces (6-7 glasses)
150 pounds                                     65 ounces (8-9 glasses)
200 pounds                                     70 ounces (8-9 glasses)
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Try this little trick to see whether your skin wants you to drink more water: with your thumb and index finger, pinch the skin covering the knuckle of any other finger. If the skin of your knuckles stays pinched up, you’re stepping into dehydration. Completely hydrated, the skin on your knuckle will return to place, unaffected by the pinch. Our bodies don’t function well without water, so make sure you are always drinking plenty. And it might not be a bad idea to drink an extra few glasses this week, for all the water that you haven’t been drinking over the holiday season. Happy New Year, everybody!

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