When it comes to fitness, the first thing we may think of is exercise or eating healthy. But before we jump ahead to both those important things, I think we need to stop and take a look at the importance of water for our bodies.
We’ve heard it over and over again – drink more water or water is important. It’s almost like when we hear things repeatedly that we can start to tune them out. But there’s a reason why water is stressed as important and that’s because it can have so many benefits to us and it can also create several issues if we are low on it.
First, let’s start with what water does for us. Our bodies range from 60-75% water, depending on age, health, etc. and our blood is also around 90% water. Water is in our bones, teeth, brain and muscles, too. Here are all the things that water is necessary for:
~Aides in digestion and flushes out toxins
~Helps regulate our temperature
~Protects vital organs
~Helps avoid dehydration, which can affect our motor function and cognitive skills
~Helps delivery oxygen to cells and aides in the absorption of nutrients
Amazing how much water does for us, isn’t it? Now if we are low on water, the body will still need it and might start pulling it from other areas, such as our blood. It is often said that those of us that suffer from a headache and feel fairly instant relief after taking a med for it may have just been low on water and feel relief from the water taken with those meds. (So before you swallow some Tylenol, you may want to try drinking a glass of water first to see if that helps!)
And as if those things weren’t enough reason to drink more water, here are a few more:
~Healthier skin and hair
~Possible weight loss, as it can be an appetite suppressant and it helps flush out extra toxins
~Helping in staying healthier and a sense of overall feeling good
~Aides in staying “regular”
But how can you tell if you are getting enough water? They often say 8 cups of 8 oz of fluids a day, but that can vary for each person depending on age, health and their activity level. Some may need more or less than that original formula. Here are a few signs to watch for that may be symptoms of dehydration:
~Thirsty and/or Dry Mouth
~Feeling hungry, often we may just need water!
Throughout this week, I’ll be sharing some ways to try to get more water into your week. Until then, your task is to make a conscious effort of keeping track of how much water you truly intake each day. You may be surprised and find out that you may not be getting enough.