Many of us do not drink enough water. One of the most important reason to drink adequate amounts of water is to keep your brain hydrated. Our brain controls everything we do, every system of our body, our thoughts, our feelings, our actions, everything. Without enough water our brain, our body and our entire being cannot function optimally. With a little bit of research you can find simple formulas to calculate how much water your individual body needs or you can go with the standard 8, 8 oz glasses a day. Keep in mind caffeine dehydrates us, and as I sit and write this I am drinking caffeinated green tea, this isn’t about eliminating caffeine, it is a note to take into account when you are calculating how much water you may need. A few signs of dehydration are headache, muscle aches and cramping, fatigue, and a lack of focus and concentration.
I am not going to go into detail here, but I will in a future post about the importance of electrolytes and the role they play in hydration. Sometimes simply drinking water is enough. However, based on your level of activity, how much you sweat, and degree of dehydration, water alone may not be enough. The most common electrolytes all humans need are sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium (there are 3 others but unless you know more about chemistry it’s too much information for the purpose of this article).
Listed below are several benefits of drinking water.
• Our bodies are composed of 65-85% water and our blood is 94% water. Our brain is 85% water. Water surrounds and protects our cells, hydrates our tissue and cleanses the wastes from our system.
• Water acts as a lubricant and cushion for our joints as well as our eyes and spinal cord. It gives fluidity to our muscles and other soft tissues.
• If your body is dehydrated, your blood becomes thicker and harder to pump, which could lead to hypertension and heart disease. (Simple Steps, Lisa Lelas, Linda McClintock & Beverly Zingarella)
• Water acts as a coolant for our body. Water regulates a healthy body temperature, which is one reason we sweat when we get hot.
• Water gives our skin a healthy, radiant glow.
• Water helps to cleanse and detox the body, especially the liver.
• Water is energizing and can help prevent fatigue. Without water our body cannot break down triglycerides (fats) into usable forms of energy (Simple Steps).
• Drinking water facilitates and speeds our metabolism.
• Water carries fat out of the body (Simple Steps).
• Drinking plenty of water can help reduce our appetite.
• Drinking less soft drinks and more water can reduce body weight as much as 10lbs over a year.
• Approximately 8, 8oz servings a day. Start your day with water to allow your body to flush impurities and get a fresh start to your day.