To understand the importance of drinking enough water, let's look at some statistics. (I know...yawn.)
- At least 60% of the human body is composed of water.
- Our blood is 90% water!
- Cartilage, found in our joints and in the disks of the spine, contains around 80 percent water.
Here are the nine reasons to drink more water:
- aids efficient removal of toxins via sweat, urine, and feces
- efficient regulation of body temperature
- improved mood
- promotes collagen – skin stays brighter
- healthier joints, spinal cord, and tissues
- better absorption of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients
- protection of the kidneys
- improved immunity
- activates your metabolism – boosts energy
What are the risks of inadequate water (dehydration)?
- constipation and an overly acidic stomach, leading to heartburn and stomach ulcers
- blood becomes thicker, increasing blood pressure
- asthma and allergies worsen
- kidney stones
- chronic kidney disease
- Urinary Tract Infections
- seizures and loss of consciousness caused by imbalance of electrolytes
- impaired mood, memory, and brain performance
- headaches and migraines
So... are you drinking enough water?
How much is enough? The experts can't seem to agree, but 2 thoughts are mentioned many times in the research:
- Women should drink nine 8 ounce cups per day, men twelve 8 ounce cups.
- Calculate your recommended intake: Body Weight divided by 2 = number of ounces you should drink.
Take a good, honest look at your water intake. Are you dehydrated? Have headaches, constipation, brain fog, or any of the other things in the list above?
Do you need help getting in the habit of drinking adequate water? Need an accountability partner to stay on track? Want some tips and strategies that will help you be successful?