Did you know that your body weight is approximately 60 percent water? Our bodies use water in all our cells, organs, and tissues to help regulate temperature and maintain other bodily functions. Because your body loses water through breathing, sweating, and digestion, it’s important to rehydrate by drinking water and eating foods that contain water.
How much water should we drink?
The amount of water you need depends on a few different things, including the climate you live in, how active you are, and if you have any health problems. I’ve been doing a lot of research about how much water is the ‘right’ amount and most people still go by the 8 glasses of water or 64 ounces. But some, like this video on Huffington Post suggest ½ ounce H20 per lb of your current weight. I actually aim for a bit more then that a go for 100 ounces a day.
When I share that with people responses I get are something like… “I’ll drown before I get that down”
“There’s just no way” “I hate water” “I don’t even drink 8 ounces now”
Water really is the basis of life, not just being essential to our existence, water serves all sorts of purposes that help you feel your best.
Use a straw
Use a cute bottle or glass
Add flavor to your pitcher
Drink a glass after every bathroom break
Sip before every meal
Use an app to track your cups
Dilute sugary drinks with water and Ice
Keep a gallon jug nearby
Invest in a filter
Choose sparkling or mineral water over soda.
Here are a few reasons water can help solve some day-to-day health issues and possibly prevent a few big ones. From headaches to shedding those last few pounds.
Water will boost your metabolism
Trying to lose weight? Drinking water can boost your body’s ability to burn fat. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that drinking water (about 17oz) increases metabolic rate by 30 percent in healthy men and women. The boost occurred within 10 minutes but reached a maximum 30-40 minutes after drinking.
Water can prevent headaches
The most debilitating kind as well: Migraines. In one study published in the journal Neurology, scientists recruited migraine sufferers and divided them into two groups: one took a placebo, the others were told to drink 1.5 liters of water (about six cups) in addition to their usual daily intake. At the end of two weeks, the water group had experienced 21 fewer hours of pain than those in the placebo group, as well as a decrease in pain intensity.
Water keeps your alert
Dehydration is the single most common cause of daytime fatigue, so if your afternoon slump is more like a desperate need for an afternoon nap, guzzle a glass of water. It can also make you better at your job, or at least prevent you from being bad at a it—just a two percent dehydration level can trigger short-term memory problems and difficulty focusing on a computer screen or printed page.