Yeah. I know. You hear it all the time. I gotta drink more water.
But, how much? It does not take much google search these days to come up with a good general rule.
What is half your body weight? 100 lbs?
Drink that many ounces of water per day. At least.
If you exercise or do other activities that promote the loss of water through sweat or otherwise, then you may need to increase that amount. Caffeinated and/or alcoholic beverages can act on your body like a diuretic, which encourages the removal of water, and along with it, all those necessary electrolyte salts.
But why, Brad? Why all the water?
Well, our bodies are actually over 70% fluid (water). With too less of fluid (water), our blood loses its efficiency to move about the body and properly maintain all those cells: muscles, tendons, internal organs, brain, skin, etc.
Early dehydration signs can include out of the ordinary tightening, cramping or spasming muscles and/or unusually dry skin, along with a host of other symptoms. You can even experience food cravings due to your body's decreased ability to release ample amounts of energy from your liver. Take the time to evaluate your own water intake, and respect its foundational importance on your overall health and wellness.