In this age of increasing awareness of health and wellness, not just for getting healthy but also for staying healthy, we are bombarded by the media with information on new fads, diets, lotions and potions. Sometimes the simple answer to a lot of what ails us is that we are thirsty.
Second only to oxygen, good old H2O is the most essential component to bodily function. About 70 – 80 percent of our body is made up of water and it is believed by some healthcare professionals that the moment you feel thirsty, you are already mildly dehydrated. Some advantages of staying hydrated are:
- Speeds up metabolism to aid in weight loss
- Helps brain function and helps to prevent headaches
- Helps the heart pump blood more efficiently
- Boosts energy. When we are dehydrated, fatigue and listlessness sets in
- Helps prevent muscle cramping and lubricate joints
- Plumps up the skin to look more youthful and healthy
- Helps to flush out impurities from the body and increase circulation of oxygen and nutrients
- Along with fiber water helps to keep you regular
- Helps to prevent kidney stones. The salts and minerals in urine can solidify if not properly diluted
How much water should you be drinking? The amount of water you need depends on your size, level of activity, the weather, and your general health. One formula that is used by many healthcare professionals is, ‘a healthy adult should drink half their body weight but in ounces’. For example if your weight is 100 pounds then you should drink 50 ounces of water on a daily basis and add more if you are sweating more, for example when exercising.
Keep water close by during the course of the day. At your desk at work, take a bottle with you to the gym or when exercising, at home keep water in the refrigerator, on the coffee table or bedside table and sip throughout the day.
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Post by Karen