Did you know that nearly 60% of the human body is made up of water? And some of our organs are made up of even more. In order to survive and function optimally, we need to consume a fair amount of fresh, filtered H2O everyday in order to stay hydrated. Your age, weight, gender, and activity level all play a factor in how much water you should consume, but a good general number for adult males is at least 3 liters, with females being at least 2.2 liters. I generally consume way more (usually about 5-6 liters per day), but every body is different, and this is a good starting point if you are not used to drinking a lot of water throughout your day. However, I do encourage you to up your intake of water during the hotter summer months, and after a sweaty workout. In addition to just drinking water, you can also get ample hydration from eating fresh fruits and vegetables. Some of the higher water content produce include: watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapefruit, peaches, cucumber, lettuce, dark leafy greens, zucchini, celery, radish, cauliflower, peppers, and spinach, to name just a few. These yummy fruits and veggies also give your body the fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and nutrients it craves to look and feel its best. Here are some additional reasons why you should be prioritizing your water intake on a daily basis:
- Increases Your Energy Levels– Our brain is around 85% water, so its functionality relies heavily on our body’s hydration levels. A properly hydrated body allows the brain to think faster, focus more, and generate clarity and creativity, whereas a dehydrated body can lead to mood swings, decreased ability to concentrate, headaches, anxiety, and overall fatigue.
- Promotes Weight Loss– Proper hydration helps the body maintain a healthy weight by revving up your metabolism and regulating your appetite. Sometimes if you feel hungry, it’s actually just your body craving water. So the next time you want to reach for a snack, try drinking a big glass of H2O instead and see if that helps. Dehydration also leads to bloat and “water weight,” so drinking more water actually helps you flush out excess pounds you might be holding onto.
- Improves Skin Complexion– Water is a vital nutrient to the life of every cell. It locks in moisture, replenishes the skin, and increases its elasticity. This is turn helps diminish fine lines and wrinkles. Water also helps remove toxins from the body, leading to a clearer complexion and less puffiness.
- Boosts Immune System– Your immune system functions best when all of your muscles and organs are operating optimally. Water helps the kidneys remove toxins and allows your cells to absorb nutrients. The Lymph system also needs ample amounts of H2O to circulate white blood cells throughout the body’s tissues. If these two systems are compromised, our bodies ability to fight off illness and disease is much harder. Additional illnesses and ailments that can be prevented with proper hydration include arthritis, joint issues, depression, UTI’s, kidney stones, headaches, muscle cramps, constipation, insomnia, leukemia and lymphoma.
- Promotes Digestion & Elimination– When the body is dehydrated, both the digestive and gastrointestinal tract become compromised. Water and other liquids help with the breakdown, digestion, and assimilation of food so that the body can absorb nutrients. When the broken down food hits the intestines, adequate amounts of both water and fiber are needed to help the bowels function properly and eliminate what the body no longer needs. So make sure to drink up and eat plenty of fruits, veggies, and whole grains to stay regular.