Nearly three-fourths of the earth is covered with water, yet most of us don’t drink enough to keep our bodies running at peak-performance. Getting the recommended six to eight, 8-ounce glasses of water a day can be a challenge.
Many people are dehydrated and don’t realize it, even though they suffer the tell-tale symptoms: headaches, fatigue, increased hunger and feeling light-headed. With that in mind, here’s what you should know about our need for H20.
On average, 50-65 percent of our bodies are water. The percentage is even higher for children. Our organs – especially the brain, kidneys, liver and heart – need to be hydrated to function properly. Water also keeps joints lubricated, muscles hydrated, and blood circulating. (Without an adequate blood volume our cells don’t get enough oxygen).
If you’re feeling thirsty, chances are you’re already dehydrated. Increase your liquid intake and you’re apt to notice you have more energy and vitality, snack less, get fewer headaches and have less muscle aches and pains.
The color of your urine is a good way to know if you’re drinking enough water. Light yellow or colorless urine during the day indicates you are. Dark urine or infrequent urination usually signals dehydration.
Here are other interesting ways water does your body good:
Whatever your excuse for not drinking six to eight, 8-ounce glasses of liquid daily – “I’m too busy,” “I don’t feel thirsty,” or “water’s boring” – it’s time to form a hydration habit. Focus on increasing your water intake for two weeks, and you’ll realize how much better you feel.
Add slices of oranges, lemons, cucumbers, or herbs such as mint to a glass of ice water. You’ll add flavor and nutrients without adding many calories. Brew regular or herbal teas and serve over ice.
You don’t need to spend a fortune on bottled water. Invest in a Brita® or similar water-purifying container and keep it in your refrigerator. You’ll have cool, refreshing water whenever you need it. When you’re out and about, bring along a BPA-free water bottle and fill it from the bubbler. Nothing satisfies like pure, delicious water.