Did you know that our bodies are made up of 70% of water? How amazing is that? Ensuring that our bodies are properly hydrated allows for us to function properly inside and out! While there is no agreed upon amount of water we should be consuming each day, the Mayo Clinic states, “if you drink enough fluid so that you rarely feel thirsty and produce 1.5 liters (6.3 cups) or more of colorless or light yellow urine a day, your fluid intake is probably adequate.”
So what benefits does drinking water offer our bodies that would encourage us to drink more of it? Here is a list of several ways in which water benefits our bodies:
- Maintains Regularity. Staying hydrated keeps the colon functioning properly and helps move undigested foods along. A great way to start a sluggish bowel movement is by drinking a full glass of water when you wake up!
- Improves Skin Complexion. There’s a reason why your esthetician tells you to drink water after your appointment. Staying hydrated provides moisture to the skin, keeping it from becoming dry, stiff and wrinkly. Increasing water intake also helps flush out toxins and bacteria, which is a common cause of acne.
- Aids in Weight Loss. Studies have found that by increasing your water intake, you may lose weight. The reasoning behind this, is that you are replacing or reducing your intake of sugary or calorie rich beverages with water, which has zero calories. And in addition, by increasing your water intake you are also less likely to be hungry.
- Natural Lubricant. Water is important to our body functions, such as blood production and flow, it lubricates our joints and assists in repair of damaged tissues by allowing cells to transport to the site more efficiently.
- Energy Booster and Relieves Fatigue. “Since your brain is mostly water, drinking it helps you think, focus and concentrate better and be more alert. As an added bonus, your energy levels are also boosted!”
- Aids in Flushing out Toxins. By staying hydrated, our body has the power to flush out toxins we ingest and absorb throughout our days through either sweating or excreting through our urine. An easy trick to see if you are drinking plenty of water is to look at your urine. Your urine should be clear or a light yellow. Darker colors of urine could indicate dehydration or other complications.
- Prevents and Ends Headaches. Most headaches are commonly caused by dehydration. You can help prevent them by staying hydrated.
Try increasing your water intake by an additional cup per day and slowly increase each additional cup per week, until you consume about 64 ounces of water per day. I’ve found that my body is the happiest around this number. If you are a taller person, exercise frequently or work in warm conditions, you may want to increase you water intake. Now it’s time for me to get another glass of water.
Sarah Del Buono, Virtual Marketing Director