Dehydration sweeps through the school

Audrey McCaffity, Ella Zhang, Co-Editor in Chief, Staff Writer

While many people believe that they drink enough water, 75% of Americans are living in a state of chronic dehydration.

Staying hydrated can greatly benefit people’s physical and mental health, prevent sickness and headaches, and boost your brain’s performance.

“I think it’s important to stay hydrated so then you perform well for sports and you don’t get dehydrated,” said Ben Boland, 8.

Since everyone is different, people need to drink different amounts of water per day; however, on average a person should drink six to eight cups of water a day.

“You should probably drink at least one bottle of water a day. I try to remind myself to stay hydrated throughout the day,” said Genevieve Jones, 8.

It benefits your physical health in more than one way. If you are hydrated, you can recover from soreness and headaches faster. It can also prevent heart attacks and future illnesses.

“I think so because your body gets really hot while exercising it’s good to drink water so that you can cool down and sweat,” said Jones.

Symptoms such as dark urine, dizziness, dry lips, and headaches can let you know if you are dehydrated or not.

“I think that I’m hydrated because I’m not dead yet or on the ground dehydrated,” said Jones, 8.

Though many sports drinks may be advertised to you, water is more beneficial because it doesn’t add extra sugar or calories to your diet.

“I think you should drink more water than normal so that you don’t get dehydrated while exercising. I drink like three bottles of water a day,” said Boland.

According to University Health News Daily, staying hydrated can even improve your mood, makes it easier to lose weight, and help you pay more attention in class.