The Benefits of Drinking Water

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Water, Ahhhh! Nothing can quench your thirst like a tall glass of ice cold water on a hot summer day. Why is water so important for our body? I’m so glad you asked! So let’s discuss the benefits of drinking water! Our body is made up of about 75% water, which is the reason water is so essential to our existence. The quality of water we consume can have a dramatic impact on our overall health!

 

A Few of the Benefits of Drinking Water

  • Lowers the risk of heart attack by 41%
  • Lowers cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Removes toxins and waste from the body
  • Speeds up the metabolism thereby reducing body fat (i.e. cold water versus warm water)
  • Aids in digestion thereby preventing constipation
  • Reduces the risk of colon cancer by 45% and bladder cancer by 50%
  • Lubricates our bones and joints which lessens discomfort associated with arthritis
  • Regulates body temperature
  • Energizes our muscles during a workout
  • Relieves fatigue
  • Promotes clarity of thought
  • Prevents headaches
  • Improves mood
  • Slows down the aging process by improving the integrity and appearance of our skin

According to research, 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. When chronically dehydrated, the organs, including the largest organ which is the skin begins to wrinkle and wither prematurely. So let’s maintain the vitality of skin and organs by drinking up!

I’m sorry, I didn’t hear you! Did you say you don’t like the taste of plain water, Yes, I completely understand, so let’s spruce up the taste of your water by adding some fruit, such as, adding a lemon or a lime, or even berries, strawberries, oranges, grapefruit, watermelon or a hint of mint.

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photo credit: Jennifer Causey

 

Ways to Incorporate Drinking Water into Your Daily Routine

  • Start your day off by drinking 1-2 glasses upon awakening in the morning
  • Drink 1-2 glasses before each meal
  • Carry a 64 oz water bottle with you throughout the day, refill as needed
  • If able, keep water on your desk at work or school as a reminder to hydrate
  • When you feel like snacking, try drinking water first, as you just may be dehydrated versus hungry
  • Instead of drinking coffee or a soft drink, replenish your thirst with water.
  • Total water intake: divide your body weight in half and add ounces, that’s how much water you should drink daily!
  • Starting early in the morning is the key to success with getting all of your ounces in daily

 

Happy Spring, and don’t forget to Drink Up!

 

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