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Like a lot of people, I struggle to achieve a sufficient water intake each day and with summer and its heat upon us, it becomes more and more important to ensure we’re getting enough hydration. Want another reason why it’s so important to get (at least) your daily recommended 8 glasses a day? An article at livestrong.com, explains that hunger and thirst signals are controlled by the same part of the brain, so you may have a grumbly stomach or a hollow feeling, but really are just thirsty. (photo credit here)

Here are 3 ways to tell the difference:

1. When was the last time you ate? LiveStrong suggests that you compare that time to the last time you had a drink. If it’s been awhile since you’ve had anything to drink, have a full 8 ounce glass and give yourself at least 15 minutes to see if the water helps satiate you. (photo credit here)
2. Eating and eating…and still feeling like you have an empty stomach? Chances are you’re thirsty. Grab that glass! (photo credit here)
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3. Finally, if you have a headache and are feeling fatigued, these are warning signs that you are nearing dehydration. Make it a priority to drink more water. (photo credit here)

How can you avoid this cue confusion? Remain hydrated! Ensure you’re drinking at least 64 ounces (more if you workout or it’s hot outside), and remember, not all beverages are created equal. Coffee and tea can actually dehydrate you, there is just no replacement for a cool, clear glass of water.

I’m off to fill my glass up now!