Water. You swim in. You bathe in it. You play in it. You vacation by it. You take pictures of it. You wash your clothes in it.
Water is everywhere. Water is a necessity in life. Your body needs to drink water to survive.
Not only do we need water to survive, there are health benefits to drinking it.
- Help us stay slim
- Treats headaches and migraines
- Helps in digestion–relieve constipation
- Improves mood
- Flushes out toxins
- Helps to maximize physical performance
- Boosts the immune system
- Save money
However, most people do not get enough water in their daily diets. That is just a fact. You need water to survive, and be healthy.
It used to be recommended you drink 8 glasses daily. However, there are other factors to consider that vary person to person. How much water should you drink each day? It is a simple question but no simple answer. Studies have produced varying recommendations over the years, but in truth, your water needs depend on many factors, including your health, how active you are and where you live.
Although no single formula fits everyone, knowing more about your body’s need for fluids will help you estimate how much water to drink each day. The old standby of drinking 8 8 oz. glasses of water a day is a good one because it is easy to remember, but don’t beat yourself up if you do not get in all in one day.
Your needs vary day by day. If you are an extremely active person who sweats a lot, you will need more than one who lives a sedentary lifestyle or sits at a computer all day. Your age, weight, height, lifestyle, and gender are all important factors to consider.
Tip: Check your urine daily. If your urine is clear to light yellow, you are hydrated enough. If it is yellow to dark yellow, you need to drink more water.
So, why is water so important?
“It not only composes about 60 percent of your body weight, but every single bodily system depends on it. As the Mayo Clinic pointed out, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues. A lack of water can lead to dehydration, which in turn can seriously zap energy, make your skin dull and dry, and have some pretty big effects on the daily functions of your body, so it’s key to find plenty of ways to make sure you’re getting enough.” (Mayo Clinic)
But what if you struggle to drink just plain water all day long? What are your options?
*Try drinking a glass of lukewarm water first thing in the morning, right after you wake up. Make it a morning habit.
*Eat more spicy foods. Eating spicier foods may prompt you to consume more water to quench that fire in your mouth.
*Use an app: There are some great water apps available for smartphones like Water Logged. These apps help you keep track of how much water you have consumed throughout the day and send you reminders to keep the water flowing.
*Invest in a quality water bottle and keep it with you at all times.
*Eat water-rich foods
- Fruit juice
- Chicken breast
- Green salads
- Bell pepper
*Install a water filter
*Add flavor to your water
*Drink a glass before every meal
*Keep it cold
*Set reminders on your smart phone
*Create a challenge-21 days to create a habit. Reward yourself with a special treat if you keep your goal.
What a good goal to have!
What do you do to make sure you get enough water daily?