Why drink water? The list of positive benefits for your body is amazing. Check it out!
Hydration For Health
Years ago, I was not a fan of drinking water. When I was a kid, I drank a huge amount of milk and some water. We had a well on the farm with amazingly wonderful water. After moving away, I never found water as tasty as what I had grown up drinking. When I was a tax accountant, I didn’t have time to think about healthy options. Or I believed that was the case. Now I know better. Healthy options don’t need to be time consuming. My regular daily intake back then was the 3 C’s . . . coffee, Coca Cola, and cookies. How far I have come. I know you can do this.
Hydration is key to brain function, circulation, digestion, overall body functions. A dehydrated body can actually experience brain shrinkage which will make it work harder to process normal activities.
When considering our daily eating habits, drinking water will help you to feel fuller. They have found that drinking two glasses of water before a meal can result in eating 22% less.
Proper hydration can help to control pain levels. The neural pathways around the nerves tend to become painful when dehydrated.
The human body is 60% water. It becomes more amazing when you consider specific body systems. The brain and heart are 73% water. The lungs 83% water. The skin 64% water. Muscles and kidneys are 79%. And surprise . . . the bones are 31% water. Makes you think about water more seriously.
Hydration helps to maintain body temperature through sweating and respiration
Is vital to every cell in its development
Metabolizes and transports carbohydrates and proteins through the bloodstream
Assists in flushing waste, relieves constipation, and helps maintain normal bowel function
Shock absorber for the brain, spinal cord, and fetus
Helps deliver oxygen throughout the body
Necessary for brain function (including mood, memory, and performance)
Water can be your #1 remedy for headaches and hangovers.
Suffice to say, you will be greatly benefitted by increasing your water intake. But what qualifies as water? Anything that is liquid? Definitely not. No alcohol. No sodas. How about caffeine? In the past it was always found to be dehydrating. More recently there are studies saying they are neutral. You will need to be the judge and evaluate your own experience. Be wary of waters that may be sweetened. They might be water, but they could also represent a lot of empty calories. What are some alternatives to consider?
1. Simply . . . bottled water
2. Filtered water. Lots of refrigerators have a filtered water option. You can also purchase a filter to add to your faucet or a Brita type product that filters your tap water via a pitcher
3. A water service which delivers 3- or 5-gallon bottles for a water dispenser. Great for office settings and they can provide hot and/or cold-water options
4. Water infused with fruit. You can purchase a water diffuser that holds the fruit in the middle of the bottle, so you have the benefit of the flavors without the chunks floating in your water.
5. Hot water . . . served plain, with herbal tea or added fruit
6. What about sparkling water or club soda? These products are carbonated but not as bad for you as sodas. If you hate drinking water and can find a brand you like that does not contain sugar or other bad additives, they can provide similar benefits to regular water though carbonated water has its own list of negatives such as bloating, burping, stimulating your hunger response, contributing to acid reflux or GERD, the potential for weakening of dental enamel making your teeth more prone to cavities, and the potential for speeding up your heart.
How much water is enough daily? Many studies report a wide range of responses to this question. Over the years we have settled on the following protocol. We recommend drinking ½ your body weight in ounces each day. For example, if one weighed 150 lbs then the daily water intake should be no less than 75 ounces of water.
Water is a challenge for many of us. Our program is designed to give you the tools we have found that helped us the most. If you are still a heavy soda drinker, work toward drinking less each day. If water is not your thing, test some of the options we suggested. Try to add more water over time. Set yourself up for success. If you force anything you will generally find that plan will not help you create a good habit going forward. For me, I have found the best way to get me to drink is warm or hot water. I don’t like anything cold. For others I know the key is cold water or room temperature water or herbal teas. We are all different. Test and follow those options which are the easiest for you to create good daily habits.
Let us know if you have any questions. This program exists because we had all these issues. We finally realized we didn’t want to die young or grow old ingesting lots of medication like so many of our parents and friends. We know how hard it is to change these habits into healthy ones.
Till next time,
Move Well. Stay Healthy. Be Happy. Live Your Life with Passion. Bye Bye!