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Benefits of Drinking Water

Water, it does the body good. Too bad the California Milk Producers trademarked their version of this slogan in 1983 or else every water bottle company would be fighting over it. There couldn’t be a more truer statement. Water is essential to living a healthy life.

 

Around 60 percent of the human body is water. If bodily functions were a theatrical play, water would be the lead role.

So what does water do exactly?

      • Carries nutrients and oxygen to your cells
      • Flushes bacteria from the bladder
      • Helps with digestion
      • Prevents constipation
      • Normalizes blood pressure
      • Provides cushion for joints
      • Regulates body temperature

If properly hydrated, all systems thrive, creating a healthier and happier you.

 

However, research shows that even just a 1% decrease in water levels in the body can put you at risk for dehydration.  Dehydration is the state at which an individual reaches a harmful reduction in the amount of water in the body. Thankfully, mild cases of dehydration are easily fixed by simply drinking water or other water-based beverages that contain electrolytes or salt. Left untreated, moderate to severe cases of dehydration need medical attention to avoid complications.

What causes dehydration?

      • Heat exposure
      • Exercise
      • Strenuous activities
      • Vomiting
      • Diarrhea
      • Limited access to safe drinking water

Signs and Symptoms of dehydration:

      • Headache
      • Dizziness
      • Increased thirst
      • Dry mouth
      • Tiredness
      • Decreased urination

Moving to the Alaska and swearing off all physical activity might sound like the best plan initially to avoid risks of dehydration. No need for drastic measures here though. To avoid feeling like a cactus in the Mojave desert and maintain your normal lifestyle habits, the answer is simple—just drink water!

 

You don’t have to actually live in a desert to appreciate the benefits water has to offer. If you need to up your water intake, follow these 4 simple steps:

 

1. Invest in an environmentally-friendly reusable water bottle.

Plastic water bottles make up millions of tons of waste each year crowding landfills and polluting oceans. The more aware we become about human waste, the more opportunities we uncover to reduce our environmental footprint. Plus, it feels really good to feel like you’ve made your contribution, no matter how small.

 

2. Get creative and infuse your water.

Add some excitement to your daily needs by infusing water with fresh fruit. Not sure which fruit to use? This is what Pinterest was made for. Or if that party is too overwhelming, pick your favorite fruit of the current season and toss it in your water bottle. The longer it steeps, the tastier it gets. It won't take long before you start feeling like the next Martha Stewart.

 

3. Make it a goal to drink one glass before every meal.

Sometimes just adding a simple “rule” of drinking before you eat can ensure your hydration levels are up to par. It doesn't take long for you to feel the benefits of this healthy little habit.

 

4. When life is flat, add some sparkle...sparkling water that is!

Especially on a hot day, lukewarm, flat water can really dampen your mood. Thanks to popular brands like LaCroix, Perrier, and Topo Chico, you can have your fancy beverage and drink it too. Proven to be just as hydrating as the OG drink, get fancy and add some fresh lime to transport yourself to the warm beaches of Mexico.

 

How much water should I drink?

So you’re on board to start drinking more water, now let’s talk about how much water you need. Unfortunately research has yet to find that magic number. Individual factors such as age, overall health, level of activity, and climate play a big role in determining exactly how much water one needs.

 

One of the best ways to measure your daily water intake is to notice how your body feels. If you feel thirsty, that’s just your body’s incredible way of telling you to grab your water bottle and chug. Another effective way to measure hydration is by the color and odor of urine.  Light and yellow is healthy, dark with a strong odor indicates you should up your intake.

If it’s in your daily routine to exercise, it’s important to make sure to sip on water before, during and after a workout. Sweat is water literally leaving your body so it’s up to you to replenish. Studies have shown even a 1-3% loss in hydration can impair your mental and physical performance, cause headaches, and enhance fatigue.

If numbers are your thing and you’d still like to follow a guideline, there’s always the 8x8 rule. This easy formula encourages you to drink eight glasses of water, eight times a day.

 

According to the Beverage Marketing Corporation, as of 2019, bottled water was named “the largest beverage in the U.S.” The good news, more and more people are choosing this invigorating beverage over sugary soft drinks. So let’s keep up the good work folks.