Drink up! Water is so important for our bodies. From the time you get up in the morning until your head hits the pillow at night, staying well-hydrated is essential. We have been told from a young age that drinking water is a healthy habit, but do you really know why? If you are not quite sure or need a quick reminder, read on and find out. While you’re at it, pour yourself a tall glass of water and sip along.
When we sweat, we lose water. Whether it is a hot day, you have just completed a run (go you!), or it is just a regular 24-hour period, our bodies are constantly sweating to keep us cool, as a reaction to stress, and so on. Even if you feel dry to the touch, you’re still sweating. You need to replace the water you’ve lost by rehydrating. It does not matter if you’re not feeling particularly thirsty. By the time you’ve reached that stage, your body may already be exhibiting signs of dehydration.
Our various internal systems and organs require water to work at their peak. We lose water through digestion, urination, even breathing. It keeps our body temp in check and lubricates where needed, rids our bodies of waste products, and so on. Keep your body at its very best by helping it out along the way. On average, 8 glasses per day is a decent quantity for most people. If you are an athlete or are more physical than most, the temperature is very high, or tend to sweat profusely, drink more to achieve balance.
Fun fact: Your body weight is made up of about 60% water. It’s no wonder we need so much!
Before you grab a handful of chips or cookies, consider the notion that you may just be thirsty. If you have recently eaten and think you are feeling a hunger pang not long after, grab a drink of water and see if that solves the problem. Drinking water throughout the day will curb mindless and unnecessary munching.
Another way to get water and something to keep your mouth busy without consuming too many calories is by eating foods rich in water. As WebMD recommends, choose foods like fruits and veggies, soups, oatmeal, and beans. You will feel full and add to your water consumption at the same time.
Bottoms up! Whether from the tap or bottled, water is what your body needs. Make it your mission to drink more!