Up to 60% of your body weight is water. Your heart is about 73% water and your lungs are 83% water. Your skin is composed 64% of water while your muscles and kidneys are tied around 80% water.
Because of this, humans must consume water every day to survive. Adult men need about ¾ of a gallon of water per day while women need a little over half a gallon.
Water is needed to regulate your body temperature, transport nutrients in the bloodstream, lubricate your joints, and to flush waste from your body. You wouldn’t want to undermine any of those functions, would you?
Well for anyone who needs more convincing, here are twelve interesting reasons you need to drink more water:
Drinking more water supports any weight loss regimen because water fills your stomach and reduces hunger pangs. When you feel full, you consume less food, especially fewer of the starchy foods we crave when our blood sugar gets low.
Burn Fat And Calories
Adding more water intake helps burn calories and fat simply by better regulating your metabolism. As little as 18 ounces per day has been shown to accelerate the metabolic rate by up to 30%.
Safer And More Comfortable Workouts
When you’re hydrated, you can work out harder and longer. Water fuels muscles during the workout because the muscle tissue and the blood you want to pump into those muscles are both made mostly of water!
A primary cause of acne is dehydration in the skin. Healthy skin requires moisture and water is the best hydrator. Water also flushes toxins from the body, further supporting healthy, glowing skin.
Headaches are often caused by dehydration. Complaints of headaches are more common in people who drink less water and experience other symptoms of dehydration. Instead of an aspirin, try a tall glass of water – or better yet, try staying hydrating before you get the headache!
Lower Joint Pain
Water lubricates joints and supports the other tissues responsible for padding all joints. This reduces inflammation in the joints and protects against wear and tear by supporting your lymphatic system.
Do A Kidney A Favor
Your kidneys work very hard for you – filtering out waste and toxins. Do them a favor and drink more water. It helps reduce your risk of chronic kidney problems and may prevent kidney stones by continually flushing out what would have otherwise built up.
Heighten Brain Functions
Being hydrated helps to increase delivery of electrical impulses in the brain for stronger, more focus thinking.
Oxygenate Your Entire Body
Oxygen is distributed throughout the body by the blood, which is more than 90% water. Blood carries oxygen and drinking more water increases blood flow and oxygen distribution.
Reduce Blood Pressure
Dehydration literally makes your blood thicker, which can lead to hypertension (high blood pressure.)
When dehydrated, your airways become restricted and shrink down which can be dangerous in those with allergies or asthma. Hydrating keeps airways healthier.
Absorb Minerals Better
Most minerals are water soluble, meaning that they dissolve in water (as opposed to fat). Drinking more water supports and heightens your body’s natural ability to absorb minerals from your digestive tract.
As you can see, water affects way more than you might have been thinking about. But it makes sense, doesn’t it? If you are 60% water, of course your bodily functions depend on the replenishment of that water.
Here’s a suggestion for making sure you drink your water every day:
Get a large, reusable water bottle and draw horizontal lines on the side at the halfway mark, the ¼ mark and the ¾ mark. Mark the top line “10:00am”. Mark the middle line “2:00pm”. And mark the bottom line “6:00pm”. Every morning, fill the bottle and then keep it with you throughout the day. Make sure to drink enough water to bring the level below the 10:00am mark before the clock says ten o’clock. Keep this up throughout the day until the bottle is empty.
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