Did you know that the human body is 60% water? The muscles are 75% water and our blood is around 90% water. As humans we can go a month or more without eating but we can’t go more than 5 days with out drinking water until we face terrible consequences. So why don’t we drink more of it?
Water is in many of the things that we consume on a daily basis. Anything from a Coke to a salad contains water. However, it is still so important so consume pure water throughout the day to properly hydrate our bodies. Most of the time we are already dehydrated before we know it. The Institute of Medicine recommends that women drink 9 cups of water a day and men drink 13 cups. Without this water your body suffers from dehydration. Your body may begin to feel lethargic and you may experience muscle cramping. Not only that but without it you can’t think as quickly and feel groggy. Dry mouth, small amounts of dark urine are also symptoms of dehydration.
Another great thing about drinking water is that it relieves bloating. If you aren’t drinking enough fluid your kidneys does pass as much of the waste so that your body holds on to the water it needs. The feeling of bloating is that extra water weight. Drinking more water allows your body to release extra water, eradicating that bloated feeling that we all get now and again. Not only does it help with bloating but it assists with weight loss as well. There are just so many great things that come with drinking water!
Water increases your energy and relieves fatigue- Because your brain is mostly made of water, drinking more can boost your energy and help you think quickly.
Boosts immune system- Drinking lots of water helps fight against flu, cancer, and other sicknesses like heart attacks.
Improves overall complexion- It moisturizes the skin, keeps it soft and helps prevent wrinkles!
Natural headache fix- Majority of the time our headaches come from dehydration. So instead of taking a Tylenol or Advil, try a glass of water.
Flushes out toxins- Your body gets rid of waste through sweat and urine which reduces the risk of UTIs and kidney stones.
Try making water a priority for you. If you don’t like the taste of “nothingness” try adding a squirt of lemon or lime juice! Try avoiding those flavor powders though. To make it even more convenient, carry a water bottle around with you. Whether its in your back pack or your purse, having it with you will remind you to drink up!