Water. A substance so scarce to our known universe that it is the fundamental reason life exists on Earth. The human body is made up of about 60% water and it facilitates our circulation, temperature, metabolism, digestion, and absorption of food. It transports nutrients and oxygen to our cells and is necessary for our kidneys to remove toxins and wastes. Problems that may occur when we do not have enough water in our system include: exhaustion, constipation, headaches, heartburn, joint and muscle pain, and depression.
How much water should a person drink daily? It is advised that a person drink a minimum of half their body weight in ounces daily. For example, someone who weighs 150 pounds should drink 75 ounces of water a day. The bottle that you drink your water from plays a key role in wellness also. Plastic bottles may contain chemicals that may affect your immune and endocrine systems. Glass bottles or a glass cup are ideal to use for your drinking water.
The best form of drinking water has naturally occurring minerals, like spring water. Those naturally occurring minerals are essential for heart function and muscle function to name a couple. Carbonated water is fine to drink occasionally (not sodas), as it is more acidic than plain water and may cause damage to your teeth. Tap water, reverse osmosis/purified water, and distilled water are examples of water that do not have the same health benefits as natural spring water.
Some people may find water uninteresting to drink. One way to flavor it up is to add any citrus fruit, cucumber, berries, or other fruits. Small amounts of 100% juice can count towards your hydration, but you have to watch the sugar content with the naturally occurring sugars in juice. Too much juice may have the opposite effect and lead to blood sugar problems! Sports drinks have added electrolytes, but many of them are laced with added sugars and artificial dyes. You can also drink herbal tea. Caffeine and alcohol are dehydrating and if you choose to caffeinate or drink alcohol, make sure to drink an extra glass of water per drink. This helps!
Water is very healing to our bodies. Not only does it keep your insides working, but it also will make your skin and hair look healthier! There are fitness apps available to help you keep track of your water intake for the day. We are learning everyday so remember to do your best and you will start to feel great!
WHEN HEALTH ADVISOR®