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Water lubricates your joints, gives your skin elasticity and keeps all of your major organ systems functioning normally. The human body is composed of about 70 percent water, according to BBC Health. Normal loss of fluid through urination and sweating is normal. However, loss of too much water can cause a number of medical problems, ranging from headaches to changes in your pulse and heart rate. Stop your body's water loss by taking in at least as much fluid as you excrete.
Drink six to eight glasses of water each day to stop your body from excess water loss. If plain water is hard for you to drink, replace some of your daily intake with sports drinks, juice or other non-caffeinated beverages. Be aware, however, that many other beverages contain high levels of sugar that can cause weight gain and tooth decay.
Consume additional fluids when you exercise. BBC Health recommends drinking an extra liter of water, or 33 ounces, for each hour of physical activity. The increase in fluid intake replenishes the water you lose through sweat. Drink more water on hot days too.
Refrain from drinking alcoholic or caffeinated beverages as you replenish your fluids. These substances contain diuretic properties, meaning they make you urinate more. Excessive urination without fluid replenishing can lead to dehydration.
Maintain your weight in a healthy manner through exercise and following a balanced diet if losing weight is an objective in your life. Stay away from diuretics, weight-loss pills and laxatives. These medications and supplements make you use the bathroom more frequently, which causes you to lose primarily water weight. This can lead to dehydration and complications such as kidney failure, seizures or shock, according to MayoClinic.com.
Keep your body temperature in a normal range to stop water loss. Sweating is a natural way for your body to cool itself, but profuse perspiration can lead to dehydration. Wear loose, lightweight layers of clothing that are easy to remove. Lower the heat in your house a couple of degrees or use a fan to stay cool.