Don’t fall for the thirst trap. Water is the most important thing that you’ll put in your body. Health is key to cellular and heart health, waste management, mental sharpness and pretty much every function in your body.
If you exercise, then you lose water and need to drink more than the recommended half your body weight in ounces. Otherwise, this loss can lead to fatigue and really hinders you both physically and mentally.
Not only is drinking the proper amount important, but where your water is sourced and the container you use to drink it is, too. Spring water and alkaline water are better than water simply labeled as “purified.” Glass bottles are better because it yield colder and better tasting water, and the bottles are better for the environment because they can be used over and over again.
So let’s dive into this infinite topic. There’s a lot to cover so this will be a two part blog.
First, let’s look at just what water does for the body…
- Your body is made up of about 60% to 70% water (some say more). So when you drink water it helps your body function better: Blood flow, digestion, circulation, body temperature, joint comfort, and more is all impacted by water intake. Joint pain management was a huge benefit for me.Did you know water actually helps keep your cartilage hydrated and reduces joint pain? Think about like this: You have two pieces of paper. One is saturated with water and the other isn’t. The dry piece of paper is very brittle and easily ripped but the soaked paper is more agile. The body is the same way.
- H20 also does wonders for brain functioning. When you don’t drink enough water, your mood can be affected as well as the ability to concentrate. Also, headaches, memory loss and more can become more frequent when dehydrated. The brain is 75% water and even mild dehydration can be detrimental.
- Drinking water can also help keep your kidneys healthy. The more you drink, the more toxins are flushed out of your body.
- Water also helps your blood flow easier. Your blood is about 85% water. Drinking water helps your blood carry nutrients to your body.
- Another incredible benefit is skin health and the reduction of the appearance of wrinkles. Keeping hydrated helps skin glow from within and slows down the wrinkling process.
- Water can even help with weight loss. Drinking water before you eat can help you to feel full and helps with metabolizing your food.
Now these are just a few of the benefits. So how much water do we really need to drink everyday?
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Well, I grew up thinking that I needed eight 8 oz. glasses of water every day. But I was wrong.
The amount of water you need is dependent on body weight, frequency and intensity of physical activity (or how much you are sweating) and the weather (hot weather is more dehydrating).
It’s a popular opinion that we should drink half my body weight in ounces to achieve maximum hydration. Now, in my mind, that looks like me living in the bathroom all day. Not doable. But I have learned that after a while your body adjusts and the bathroom breaks become less frequent.
The truth be told, there are so many different viewpoints on this subject that it’s hard to decide what’s right for you or know the truth. Seriously, though, most of us are not getting the proper hydration. So increasing water intake is probably going to benefit you regardless if it’s the eight, 8 oz. glasses or half your body weight.
The benefits of drinking water far outweigh the effects of being dehydrated. So we all should make sure we work on this area of our health.
Thanks for stopping by! be sure to look out for part 2 of this blog and follow my journey on IG: @teatimewithmemaw!