Did you know that approximately 60% of your body's weight consists of water?
Did you know that when you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated?
Did you know that besides oxygen, water is the most important nutrient in your body?
Each day your body loses water in the form of sweat and urine. Even mild dehydration will slow down metabolism as much as 3%. Lack of water is one of the major triggers for daytime fatigue.
What exactly are the functions of water in the body? Why is it so important to drink water everyday? Here's why:
Water transports nutrients throughout the body
Water carries away waste from the blood and body tissues
Water moistens your eyes, mouth and nose and hydrates your skin
Water ensures adequate blood volume (maintaining a normal volume of blood is vital as it carries oxygen and essential nutrients throughout the body)
Water forms the main component of body fluids
Water helps to maintain normal body temperature
Water acts as a lubricant around joints & serves as a shock absorber inside the spinal cord
So, how much water should you drink each day?? That depends on your size and also how active you are and the climate you live in. But, for most of us, eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day is what I go by. Take the guess work out of how many glasses you have each day and make it easier on yourself by getting a water bottle. There are many 64oz plastic (BPA free) water bottles out there that you can take to work or take on the go. If you're home, use your water bottle or find a pitcher or carafe that you can keep on your counter.
If drinking this much water sounds impossible, remember, it takes a minimum of 21 days to create a new habit! Find ways to make it fun. Try slicing cucumber or lemon and float them in the water to add a little flavor. And don't get frustrated if you find yourself running to the bathroom a lot at first. Your body will adjust and you will find that you don't go as frequently once your body gets used to being well hydrated. You will have more energy, your skin will look better and your metabolism will increase if you drink enough water each day! So, bottoms up!!
Have a great week! "Live Now - Live Well!"