Water is important for most processes your body goes through in a day. When you drink water, you replenish your stores. Without enough water, your body and its organs can’t function. Drinking the proper amount of water will keep your body temperature within a normal range, lubricate and cushion your joints, and help you eliminate waste through urine, sweat, and bowel movements.
Up to 60% of our bodies are composed of water. It is undoubtedly the most important resource we must have besides oxygen. Being just 1% dehydrated eliminated 15% of your cardiovascular ability. Depending on what you do and how active of a lifestyle one may have, water intake will vary. We recommend at least 100oz per day for best results.
Studies show that the majority of healthy people meet their daily needs of water intake. In order to determine how much water you should be drinking daily you must take your weight, and divide it by 2. If you weigh 200 pounds than you should be drinking 100 ounces of water on average per day. The rule is the more you weigh, the more water you should be drinking. Also, it is important to drink more water if you are exercising. When you exercise you perspire twice as much water as you drink, therefore it is very important to keep hydrated. Water should also be taken warm. Warm water is known to absorb more quickly into the system than cold water. Another way of knowing if you are drinking the right amount of water is to check the color of your urine. The lighter the color the better.
Finally, water consumption is crucial to a healthy lifestyle. Without water our bodies could easily begin to shut down. Because water is needed for so many different functions in the body, it is important to consider how much water you are consuming. You should not drink water only because your body is telling you to by way of thirst. Usually your body is already needing water, even before you feel thirsty. Most importantly, think about how water consumption can affect your body and your health. Drinking water on a regular basis can boost your health and keep your body feeling great.
You might be more inclined to drink water if it was a little more interesting. If that’s the case, there are plenty of ways to go beyond plain, boring H2O. Some fruit or cucumber in your water adds a little flavor without adding in the sugar you’d find in straight fruit juice. Freeze some lemon slices in ice cubes for an easy water upgrade or try a little ginger and herbs to switch things up a bit. If you’re missing the fizz from your soda, try some sparkling water or club soda. You’ll get the bubbly without the other not-so-great stuff.
If you already have a good morning and bedtime routine, make drinking water a part of it. You can still have your morning coffee, but add a glass of water in beforehand. The Natural Choice blog recommends having a glass at the same time and in the same place during your routine every day.Wake up, have a glass of water. Get ready for bed, have a glass of water. Just by doing that you get a head start on the rest of the day. If you’re having a hard time remembering to incorporate it in your routine, find ways to make your water more visible. Put a glass of water on your nightstand so you see it before you go to bed or have a glass waiting by the coffee maker so you remember to have a glass while your joe brews.