Drink at least eight glasses of pure water each day to reap the health benefits of being hydrated.
RULES for water intake:
- Carry a bottle everywhere with you as a reminder to keep drinking.
- Drink half your bodyweight in ounces of water (if you weight 160lbs, drink 80oz of water each day).
- Eat raw fruits and vegetables – they are dense in water. You can get water from food, not just from beverages.
- Drink water and other fluids until you urinate frequently and with light color.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF DRINKING WATER
REASONS TO DRINK WATER:
RAPID MOOD ENHANCER: Research says dehydration can affect your mood and make you grumpy and confused. Think clearer and be happier by drinking more water.
INCREASED VITALITY: Proper hydration contributes to increased athletic performance. Water composes 75% of our muscle tissue! Dehydration can lead to weakness, fatigue, dizziness, and electrolyte imbalance.
WEIGHT LOSS: Sometimes we think we are hungry, when actually we are thirsty. For those of you trying to lose weight, staying hydrated can serve as an appetite suppressant..
REDUCE JOINT PAIN: Drinking water can reduce joint pain by keeping the cartilage soft and hydrated. This is actually how glucosamine helps reduce joint pain, by aiding in cartilage’s absorption of water.
DETOXIFICATION: Flush out waste and bacteria. Our digestive system needs water to function properly. Waste is flushed out in the form of urine and sweat. When we don’t drink sufficient water, we don’t flush out waste so it collects in our body causing a myriad of problems. Also water can aid cure constipation.
EASE HEADACHES: Sometimes headaches can be caused by dehydration, so drinking water can prevent or alleviate that nasty head pain. Next time your head hurts, try drinking water.
GLOWING SKIN: Our skin is the largest organ in our body. Regular and plentiful water consumption can improve the color and texture of your skin by keeping it building new cells properly. Drinking water also helps the skin do it’s job of regulating the body’s temperature through sweating.
FEED YOUR BODY. Water is essential for the proper circulation of nutrients in the body. Water serves at the body’s transportation system and when we are dehydrated things just can’t get around as well.
- Supports healthy brain cells
- Improves concentration
- Helps to balance mood and emotions
- Improves quality of your sleep
- Maintain memory function
- Eliminates toxins and free radicals from your blood
- Improves blood flow and oxygen to the brain
CANCER PREVENTION: Yes, that’s right – various research says staying hydrated can reduce risk of colon cancer by 45%, bladder cancer by 50%, and possibly reduce breast cancer risk as well.
If you don’t drink water, you will die. It’s that important. Depending on our environment, we can live only a few days without water – maybe a week. We can live much longer without food. For most of us, we should prioritize the consumption of water far more than we currently do.