Fun Fact! 60% of you is made up of water. Gross Fact! On average, you lose 64 ounces of water a day - 16 of which you lose through your feet alone. Pretty neat, huh?
I know you're wondering, why do you care. You care because you need to be replenishing at minimum 72 ounces of water a day. It seems like a lot but really, most reusable water bottles are 32 oz. Fill that baddie up once in the morning and once in the afternoon, have a glass of water right when you wake up and right before bed and you're ahead of the game! I say at minimum because if you are only replenishing what you are losing, you're losing out a ton of other benefits such as nourished skin, a healthy digestive system, and it will give you the energy you've been lacking lately. These are just SOME benefits and there are tons more. So let's dive into why drinking water and staying hydrated is imperative to keeping your body healthy. (If you are wondering what your ideal water intake should be, pop on over here to find out!)
Let's start from the top!
Increased Mental Power and Energy Booster.
Your brain is 73% water. Keeping it hydrated improves your ability to think, focus, concentrate, and stay alert. Because of this, you energy levels are improved! Did you know that even at 2% dehydration your brain is negatively affected? You might find yourself becoming moodier, cognitive and motor skills are reduced, you are more sensitive to pain, and remembering where you put your keys (or anything at all) becomes more difficult. If you find you're feeling any of these, grab yourself a glass of water and start hydrating.
Promotion of Healthy Weight Management
Did you know that the more water you drink, the less you start craving additional foods? Water aides in the removal of fat by-products and also helps you feel more full. Not only does this act as a natural appetite suppressant, but it can also improve your metabolism.
Flush Out Those Toxins
Another huge benefit of healthy hydration is the natural removal of toxins in the body. You know when you have a fever and everyone tells you to "sweat it out" in order to get rid of the bad stuff? This is that... without the fever. Drinking more water helps flush out additional waste through sweat and urination. It's also incredibly beneficial to preventing kidney stones and urinary tract infections.
Speaking of toxins, drinking water helps keep you regular. The water you are intaking helps break down foods faster, aiding all the organs including your stomach, intestines, kidneys, everything that keeps your body functioning through the removal process. This makes it easier on them and will also help avoid constipation.
Boosted Immune System
Flu and Cold season is rapidly approaching. Want to know the best way to combat it? Naturally with water. Staying hydrated helps keep your immune system in tip top shape keeping those pesky germs at bay. How does it work? Let me tell you! Water carries oxygen to your body's cells, which results in properly functioning systems. Remember that flushing out the toxins point above? It does that here too!
Being that the brain is 73% made up of water, I would say it's pretty crucial that it stay hydrated for optimal health. When you feel a headache coming on, it could be your brain crying out for more water, it is one of the most common symptoms of dehydration.
Prevents Cramps and Sprains
Ever been working out, or walking to get more snacks, and you got a cramp in your calf? Water is a natural lubricant for your muscles and joints so when you aren't getting the correct H2O intake, cramping is a natural side effect. Because it's a lubricant, it also helps prevent sprains! Keep up the healthy water habits and soon you will notice your flexibility increase and you won't be so sore after your work out... like the one we put you through during a session (wink, wink)
Regulates Body Temperature
Drinking water replenishes your body's natural cooling system - aka sweat. Being that your sweat is 99% water, when it's out, that's a problem! It means that your body won't be able to properly regulate it's temperature causing you to over heat which can be incredibly dangerous. Some overheating symptoms are nausea, dizziness, vomiting, dry skin, etc. None of which sound like fun so just be sure to grab a bottle of water on your next adventure.
Prevents Bad Breath
We don't really know personal space in this business and it would be a shame if we scared you off with bad breath, not to mention, we don't want you to be self conscious about it either! So drink all that water! Water washes over your tongue, lips, and gums and helps remove bacteria and food particles both of which cause bad breath.
Your skin is your largest organ, and I think it's safe to say you can tell when you're not getting enough water. It feels tight, the elasticity seems to decrease, wrinkles become more apparent, and it is less resilient when it comes to scratches and bruising. Drinking your ideal amount of water keeps your skin soft, plump, and moisturized (ideal for having your photos taken, hint hint).
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