Water, water and more water…..

waterWater…..a necessity of life.

Water is the elixir of life really.  Our bodies are made of it…actually approximately 65% of our bodies are made of water.  Babies, at birth, are more like 78% water.  Is that not an amazing fact?

Our bodies need a steady supply of clean water to function at their peak.  Unfortunately most of us don’t get enough water back into our bodies on a daily basis.  With the multitude of choices in the beverage department such as pops and sugary fruit drinks, our consumption of good old H2O has taken a hit.  Mind you, with the bottled water business taking hold these days, many people are getting some water into their bodies.  Bottled water makes taking water with you to work and play much more convenient.

Depriving the human body of this elixir called “water” can lead to serious health problems.  On the flip side, drinking plenty of clean water has many health benefits.

When you don’t drink enough water, basically not replacing the water your body loses daily through sweat, urination etc., your body will start using water from anywhere it can find it within the body.  You will get dehydrated and with that comes problems such as the possibility of developing kidney stones.

Without enough water in your system you will become constipated as the body will naturally rob water from the colon to use elsewhere.  Things will dry up and low and behold…..you’re system is clogged up.  That’s not a good thing.  Being constipated releases toxins into your bloodstream potentially causing serious health conditions such as cancer.

Water is important for the body thermostat.  And if you are outdoors in the heat and sunshine then you definitely need to chug water often.

Water is the mechanism to which protein and nutrition from the food you eat gets carried around to the various organs and systems in your body.  Without water to do this job your body will end up with cramps, muscle pain, spasms etc.

There are so many positives to drinking lots of water throughout your day.

First of all….water has zero calories so is a great beverage to help control your weight.  I know that when I down a glass of water before a meal, I eat way less as water makes you feel full and curbs your appetite.

Water gives your muscles energy.  So if you are out for a walk or working out at the gym, water will give your muscles that extra energy needed to get the job done.

Drinking lots of water and keeping your body hydrated is great for your skin.  If you want a better, clearer complexion than up your H20 intake regularly.

Drinking water helps your kidneys function better.  The kidneys are part of the bodies filtration system and water helps them perform their job of getting rid of waste and sending it to the bladder for elimination.

Drinking water helps your mind and brain work better.  It helps with mental clarity.  So if you are doing a tedious task such as studying for an exam or doing your income tax and your brain is tired…add water.

Water is the best aid for a hangover….ouch.  Thank goodness we don’t have to worry about that anymore.  But if you overindulge and wake up the next morning feeling a bit out of sorts drink lots of water.  Squeeze some lemon in it and give your liver a little boost while you are at it.

If you are experiencing muscle and joint pains it could be because your body is screaming for water.

If you find yourself home sick with a cold or the flu drink plenty of water. In this case I would drink warm water with lemon squeezed into it to help my body fight off the bug.

Studies suggest that adults need to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day and up to 16 in some cases.  This number would vary depending on if you are working outdoors, working out, sitting in the sun, your activity level, age etc.  Plus the water you are consuming in tea, coffee, fruit and veggies adds up to being part of your water intake.  A good rule of thumb is to strive for a minimum of 8 glasses a day.  That’s a safe level to keep your body happy and hydrated.

One simple way to keep track of whether you are getting your 8 glasses a day is to put 8 pennies on your counter and each time you drink a glass move one of the pennies over to the other side of the counter.  By the end of the day the 8 pennies should all have been moved into the new place.

Get yourself a glass or stainless bottle with a lid and carry water with you wherever you go.  One big thing to remember is to never leave plastic water bottles in your car.  The heat creates a toxic mix inside the water bottle and I would say drinking that would be more harmful than good.

So get off the sugary pop and fruit juices and do your body a big and healthy service by increasing your water intake.  It’s simple, inexpensive and oh so good for you.

 

 

 

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