We all know that drinking water is important for our general health and well-being, but do we know why? What exactly does water do in the body and what are the consequences of not drinking enough water?
It’s often easy to forget, but water is a vital nutrient. Without it, you would not survive. In fact, you can survive longer without food than you can survive without water.
The body is made up of 50 to 75 percent water. Water is not only contained in lean muscle, fat and bones; it also forms the basis of your blood, digestive juices, urine and perspiration. As the body can’t store water, you need a fresh supply every day to make up for losses encountered via bodily functions such as sweating.
Everybody is different, so it is important to recognize that the amount of water you need depends on your body size, metabolism, the weather, the food you eat and your activity levels. There is no definitive rule as to how much water is mandatory each day, however health authorities commonly recommend eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals approximately 2 liters.
Water is needed for majority of your body’s daily functions. It maintains the health of every cell in your body, it keeps the bloodstream liquid enough to flow through your blood vessels and it helps eliminate byproducts of the body’s metabolism (for example excess sodium and potassium). Your health benefits don’t stop there. Water carries nutrients and oxygen to your cells, aids digestion, regulates your body temperature, naturally moisturizes the skin and lubricates and cushions your joints.
The positive implications water has on your health are endless. It not only helps your body function more efficiently but allows you to feel as though you’re in a complete state of well-being. Not drinking enough water is detrimental to all of the above and has been proven to lower your physical and mental performance, leaving you without energy and feeling fatigued.
For those who struggle to remember or don’t enjoy drinking water, we are here to help you start forming a good habit and remain well-hydrated! Here are a few tips to help increase your water intake:
- Add a squeeze of lemon or lime juice to plain water - this increases variety.
- Keep a bottle or glass of water handy on your desk or in your bag - this helps you remember to drink water.
- Add ice cubes made from fresh fruit to a glass of water - a way to incorporate other flavors.
- Always drink water before, during and after exercise - fluid loss is significantly higher when working at higher intensities.
- Finally, trust your thirst — it’s there for a reason!
We will be happy to lead you to better health, with chiropractic care. Auburn Chiropractic Associates, Dr. Tracy Hartford (334) 826-2225.