So how much H2O have you drank today? I'm sipping away on mine as I write this post. I kinda feel like there are water drinking lovers and then on the other end of the spectrum, there are water drinking despisers. I don't get why you would choose to be the latter. Or maybe you fall somewhere in between. Water is sooo important to our overall health. After all, our body is made up of 60% water. Yep you read that right...60% water! We lose a lot of water through breathing, sweating, urination.
Here are some of the many reasons why you should be drinking lots of H2O throughout the day. Actually wait...before I start, I want to define dehydration for you since this word is going to pop up a lot on my list below. Simply put, dehydration means your body does not have as much water and fluids as it should. For many people, a feeling of thirst only becomes apparent after significant dehydration. Okay now back to some of my reasons you should be drinking water.
1. Fluid balance. Drinking enough water maintains the body’s fluid balance, which helps transport nutrients in the body, regulate body temperature, digest food, and more.
2. Proper digestion. Water play an integral role in our digestive system. Waste is flushed out of our system in the form of urine and feces. If we don't drink enough water, our body has difficulty eliminating the waste efficiently and instead it collects in our body causing digestive issues. Not fun!
3. Calorie control. Are you hungry or thirsty? Our bodies often get confused between the two. Try drinking water before a meal and when you're feeling hungry. The extra water fills you up and as a result, you will consume less food since you are full.
4. Glowing skin. Did you know that our skin is the largest organ in our body? Drinking water contributes to healthy skin by flushing out toxins that may inflame or irritate the skin. With great water consumption, the colour and texture of your skin will take on that "I love drinking lots of water" glow. There is nothing more attractive than healthy, glowing, naturally beautiful skin!
5. Headache prevention. Dehydration-triggered headaches are the worst. On the bright side, these can be prevented with regular water consumption and staying hydrated throughout the day. If it's too late and the headache has hit, try drinking at least two glasses of water and see if settles. And next time don't let it get to that point. ;)
6. Water = happy. I was just talking about happiness the other day. It's so important. Being dehydrated can impact your mood in a negative way. Drinking water is so refreshing and is definitely a mood booster and leaves you feeling way less cranky.
7. Energizing. Okay this word reminds me of my daughter Lily and how her teachers call her a little energizer bunny. No word of a lie but she drinks tons of water throughout the day and she's only 3.5 years old. At any age, being dehydrated can make you feel tired and sluggish and what better way to combat that than a huge glass of water.
8. Less joint pain. Drinking water can reduce joint pain because it keeps the cartilage around our joints hydrated and soft and this ensures that our joints are lubricated and healthy.
9. Athletic performance. No you don't have to be an olympic athlete to have this apply to you. No matter who you are, when you are working out and sweating, your muscles lose water which leads to dehydration, fatigue, weakness and dizziness. The perfect way to combat this is to stay hydrated during your workout...whether it's yoga, running, strength training...keep a water bottle nearby.
10. Holy hangover. Drinking alcohol contributes to dehydration so what better way to handle this than to drink lots of water. Try drinking a glass of water for every alcoholic beverage you consume.
Okay so you're probably wondering how much water you should be drinking. There are several factors that impact how much water we should be consuming. These factors include; size, weight, activity level, climate..just to name a few. Generally speaking, you should be consuming at least half your body weight in ounces of water. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should consume at least 75 ounces of water and your consumption will be higher if you are more active and live in a warmer climate.
If you aren't big into drinking water but I have convinced you to start then just go for it. Start by bringing a water bottle wherever you go. I don't leave my house without mine and it goes everywhere in the house with me as well.