Yeah, yeah, yeah…I know what is good for me. Stop nagging!!
We get that H2O is good for us but sometimes drinking enough can seem like a chore, right? Here is some information on why we need water and how to make sure you’re getting enough.
Drinking adequate water is imperative for your health and it’s the nutrient most required by the body for optimal functioning. Ghandi, at age 74, survived 21 days without food but most people can’t go more than 7 days without H2O (and that is PUSHING it!).
So, what why do I need water?
It protects what is inside your body, including your noggin.
Water is needed to balance what is in your cells and what is outside your cells.
It’s the building block for cell protoplasm (the fluid inside our cells)
Blood is mainly made of water – blood transports nutrients, oxygen, etc around the body.
If you want to hear, see, taste, and smell properly, you’ll need H2O. Fluid in the inner ear transports sound waves for hearing. In the eye it’s responsible for light reflection. For tasting and smelling – foods and smells are dissolved in water.
H2O is the key to regulating body temperature – it keeps us at the right temperature in varying environmental conditions.
If you’re a lady, drink at least 9 cups. For men, up that to 13.
I know for myself, getting 9 cups a day isn’t easy so a little planning is necessary. Here are some tips:
Try starting your day off with two cups of water – it’s a good way to re-hydrate after a good nights sleep.
Bring a non-plastic bottle of water with you to work or school (stainless steel) and flavour it with cucumber, lemon, lime, berries, orange…whatever floats your boat.
Juice and coffee count but limit these because of the sugar content.
Try to take down a cup or two of non-caffeinated tea.
Not getting enough water will impair your digestive system and make you constipated. It leaves your skin looking dry and lacklustre. Constant dehydration is linked in part to diabetes, arthritis, asthma, back pain, cataracts, chronic fatigue, colitis, depression, heartburn, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, kidney stones, lupus, and migraines.
Also, on a side note, there is a new app you can get on iTunes called QUENCH which tells you where the nearest water fountain is for refilling your bottle with H2O while on the go.