Hydration is a very big deal. Every chemical process that occurs in your body requires water to do it.
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.
How Much Water Should I Drink?
The formula is very simple. Drink 50% of your body weight in ounces of water. If you weigh 200lbs, drink 100 oz of water every day. This ensures your organs are properly hydrated, your joints are cushioned, your mucous membranes are moistened, etc.
If you eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, your body won't require as much to drink. The water in fresh fruits and vegetables is full of organic materials and enzymes that feed the cells. It is more hydrating than liquids because it is full of fibers that help the body retain it rather than it running straight through the body.
When drinking water, distilled water is best. Distilled water helps to flush the body of excess salt. It rids the body of toxins as well as minerals it doesn't need.
*If you drink 8 oz coffee, tea, or alcohol, be sure to increase your water by 8 oz since coffee, tea, and alcohol work as diuretics and increase the chance of dehydration.
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. Don't gulp your water trying to get it all in every day. Instead, sip it throughout the day. Think about heavy rain on dry ground. You get more run-off than absorption.
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