Water covers 71% of the world, 95% of it makes up the entire ocean. The human body is about 60% water, and 90% of what makes up our blood is, you guessed it– ketchup.
Now, if all you need to hear is “Water is good, drink more of it,” then great, you’ve got a bright future ahead of you.
Mother would be proud.
But here’s the thing; I know people who, at one point, would not dare bring a cup of water close to their lips, unless Lipton tea has been vigorously stirred into it, in addition to couple heaps of sugar.
Sound familiar? If so, I’ve written this short piece for you, in hopes that you’ll be convinced to drink more water.
All you need is a quick shift in perspective (and choice of beverage), and your body will thank you for it.
What’s all the hype about!?
Your body relies on water to keep your organs, cells and tissues operating the way they should.
Drinking the right amount of water could mean the difference between a soft and nice complexion, and a tight and flaky skin. It can also increase blood flow to your brain, aiding in better cognition and concentration.
It’s fairly easy to tell if you need water or not, although it is commonly mistaken for hunger.
When we sweat, we lose water, same as when we breath. We lose water when we pee, and when we drop a deuce. (I couldn’t see myself using the word excrete. That’s just weird.)
Somehow we need replace the lost water.
How much water should I drink?
It varies, but here’s what I’ve gathered:
- Men – 15.5 cups / 3.7 liters per day
- Women – 11.5 cups / 2.7 liters per day
About 20% of the daily recommended intake comes through food.
Fruits and vegetables hold large amounts of water in proportion to their weight. Consider reaching for a handful of strawberries next time you have a sweet tooth.
It’s suggested that you drink an cup (or bottle) of water with each meal. I find it helpful to drink water before a meal, and after. It helps keep me fuller, and this way I consume less calories.
Yes, my belly may look bigger, but I’m proud of my water baby.
How can I tell if I’m drinking enough water?
If you want to check if your properly hydrated, take a look at your urine.
What what you want to look for is a pale yellow color, this shows that you’re properly hydrated.
If it resembles dark honey, then your body wants water, NOW. Crystal clear, and you may have been drinking too much.
Although rare, you can overdose in water. This is called Hyponatremia.
This happens when your kidneys can no longer excrete excess water. Followed by diluted sodium content in your blood.
More reasons to drink water
If I haven’t convinced you yet, here’s a second attempt.
Bellow are additional benefits you may see when you begin to drink more water.
Water keeps your skin nice and pretty
Your skin is made up of cells, and your cells are made up of water. Not enough water and you become dehydrated, which can often be shown in your skin.
It becomes dry and tight. The tighter your skin, the higher chance of wrinkles. Drink enough water to keep your complexion soft, supple and young.
Water keeps you energized
If you’re feeling tired, consider drinking a cup of water. Even mild dehydration can make you feel sleepy.
Also, not to be mistaken with for a food coma, which really means you’ve most likely just eaten way too many carbs.
Have some self control, Linda. Stay away from the pasta.
Water boost brain power
When you drink an adequate amount of water, as mentioned earlier, your cognition and concentration improve. Water keeps the brain running at optimal speed, and can give you a boost of energy.
Forgetting more than you’d like? Maybe consider a glass of water. Its been shown to help maintain memory function.
As an added benefit, your brain receives an increase in blood flow and oxygen.
And, if you’re having a headache, water can help relieve the pain.
A small shift in perspective
As I take another sip, I like to imagine what’s happening.
From the moment water touches my tongue, as washes into my body, it reminds me that at this very moment, it’s nourishing each part of me.
A change in the way we eat, the way we consume, and the way we think, can help gear us towards a fuller, longer and more meaningful life.
Increasing the your daily intake of water can be seen as a building block. You place one down today, and another one tomorrow.
Increasing your water intake is just the kicker.
As with any other habit, it takes time and patience. The good news is that for the most, developing a habit such as drinking water everyday yields far greater returns.
Eh, just something to think about.
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