Hydration is a very big deal. Every chemical process that occurs in your body requires water to do it. Make a point to drink 50% of your body weight in ounces of water. You will be AMAZED how much more energy you feel. That foggy mind an those achy joints will ease up, too. I speak from experience on this.
Why do we need water?
Vitamins, like the B-complex vitamins and vitamin C, are water-soluble. That means they are only dissolved in water We need water for those vitamins to be used by our body.
Water removes waste from our cells through sweating, urinating and through bowel movements
Water regulates our body temperature.
Water is used in EVERY chemical process that occurs in our body.
Water protects our tissues, organs and joints.
It lubricates and provides a cushion in your joints.
Water moisturizes our skin and mucous membranes.
It aids in digestion through enzyme rich fluids.
It helps maintain balance in our entire body.
Water is needed to make hormones and neurotransmitters in the brain.
It's needed to form saliva which helps break down your food for digestion.
Water acts as a shock absorber for the brain and spinal cord.
It helps deliver oxygen all over the body.
The best way to know you're drinking enough water is by the color of your urine. It should be a light yellow (straw-colored). If it's clear like water, you may be drinking it too fast. If you drink 8 oz coffee or alcohol, be sure to increase your water by 8oz since coffee and alcohol work as a diuretic and increase the chance of dehydration.
NOTE: Don't gulp your water trying to get it all in everyday. Instead, sip it throughout the day. Think about heavy rain on dry ground. You get more run-off than absorption.
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Ameling, J. (n.d.). Water. Retrieved May 9, 2020, from https://trinityschool.instructure.com/courses/472/pages/week-3-lecture-1-water