The days are shorter, it’s cooler outside and we may not feel the need to drink water throughout the day. But as in many colder regions the homes are heated and the air is dry, the need for hydrating throughout the day is as urgent.
Some time ago I wrote a more extensive article on Water: The Juice of Life and Health and discussed WHY water is the juice of life. But today’s post is more a summary refresher with a new twist to remind everyone not to back off drinking sufficient water.
Water – The 7 Wonders
Remind yourself daily of the seven wonders of life. It will make it easier to remain diligent about drinking water.
- Helps to Stay Slimmer – Water revs up metabolism and helps you feel full or curbs hunger before a meal. Interestingly, for those of you who do not like icy cold water as I don’t, you many want to try to add some ice cubes to the glass. Our body must work to warm the water up, burning a few extra calories in the process.
- Boosts Energy – If you’re feeling tired, drained and depleted, get a pick-me-up with water. Dehydration makes you feel tired. The water will help transport the blood oxygen and nutrients to the cells, including the brain to give it a boost. Try to drink a glass of water (8-16 oz) in the morning before you eat and drink anything else and note your boost becoming alert. I have become addicted to that.
- Lowers Stress – About 70% to 80% of your brain tissue is water. If you’re dehydrated, your body and your mind are stressed. If you’re feeling thirsty, you’re already a little dehydrated. Keep water at hand!
- Builds Muscle Tone – Drinking water helps prevent muscle cramping and lubricates joints in the body. When you’re well hydrated, you can exercise longer and stronger.
- Nourishes Your Skin – Fine lines and wrinkles are deeper when you’re dehydrated. Drinking water hydrates skin cells and plumps them up, making your face look younger. It also flushes out impurities and improves circulation and blood flow, helping your skin glow.
- Enhances Staying Regular – Along with fiber, water is important for good digestion. Water helps dissolve waste particles and passes them smoothly through your digestive tract. If you’re dehydrated, your body absorbs all the water, leaving your colon dry and making it more difficult to pass waste.
- Reduces Kidney Stones – The rate of painful kidney stones is rising. One of the reasons could be because people — including children — aren’t drinking enough water. Water dilutes the salts and minerals in your urine that form the solid crystals known as kidney stones. Kidney stones can’t form in diluted urine, so reduce your risk with plenty of water!
How much water do we need to drink?
We are NOT talking about soda, or any drinks enhanced with additives like sugar, salt, etc. but just PLAIN water. If it is too plain for your taste buds, just add a squeeze of citrus, a few berries, or your favorite herbs, like mint.
The Institute of Medicine recommends about 7 to 9 glasses (8oz) per day. This is your overall fluid intake per day, including anything you eat or drink containing water in it, like fruits or vegetables. But let’s keep in mind that each person’s needs vary. The exact amount you need depends on your size, gender, age, level of activity, energy use, where you live, the weather, your general health and what we eat fruits and vegetables vary in water content.
RULE #1: If your health is somewhat compromised, if you are on medications, if your lifestyle is irregular or out of a normal range, or if you are unsure how much water per day is right for you, check with your Primary Health Care Provider or with a Certified Dietician!
Water is essential for your body. It prevents dehydration, constipation, and kidney stones. Plus, with no calories, it’s the best beverage for your waistline. If you add 1 to 3 cups of water a day to your diet, you could end up taking in less fat, salt, sugar, and up to 200 fewer calories per day.
Source: WebMed https://www.webmd.com/diet/ss/slideshow-water-health