Why You Really Should Be Drinking Your Water
We’re often told we should drink our water. But why is it so important?
Water is important as it makes up over half of how we are. Therefore it is important to make sure we get enough of it. Water aids the body in digestion, helps muscles and joints work better, keeps our organs healthy, and can help with weight loss.
Digestion: Water aids the digestive process as it keeps food moving through your digestive track and helps keep you regular.
Muscles and Joints: Our mucles are about 75% water. Water is important as it carries nutrients to your muscles so that they can function correctly. Water also lubricates your joints and also acts as a shock absorber for both your eyes and spinal cord.
Organs: Our skin is the largest organ in our body. Water helps flushing toxins from the body resulting in clearer and glowing skin. An added benefit is fewer wrinkles as drinking enough water helps maintain skin elasticity.
Weight Loss: Water can help you with your weight loss goals in a couple of ways. For one dehydration is often mistaken as hunger. Staying hydrated will help ward off those mid-day hunger pangs. And though it may seem counterintuitive, water helps maintain your body weight by counteracting water retention. When you’re dehydrated, your body will hold on to every bit of water possible.
How Much Water Do You Need?
Hydration needs vary from person to person but here are some general rules of thumb:
The average sedentary person needs to drink a minimum of 8 glasses (64 ounces) a day of water to stay properly hydrated. Men should drink 2-4 more glasses a day to compensate for their larger size and the fact that they tend to be more muscular.
Women who are pregnant should increase their daily water intake by at least 2 glasses per day as the growing baby is 75% water. Water should be increased by an additional 3 glasses when breastfeeding.
If you’re a physically active person you also need to bump up your water intake. In general for moderate activity you should drink 1 glass before and after each hour of activity. For high intensity exercise you should drink 2 glasses before and after exercise.
Seniors need to shoot for 8-10 glasses of water a day. Water is important for keeping your joints lubricated as you get older. Dehydration is very common in seniors as drinking water is often overlooked and some medications can contribute to dehydration.
How To Spruce Up Your Water
I don’t recommend packaged water flavors or droplets as they often contain sugar or artificial sweeteners. But you can certainly supercharge your water’s taste by adding fruits such as lemon, raspberries, orange, strawberries, or pineapple. For a less sweet taste consider cucumber.
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