Quick fact: up to 60% of the adult human body is made up of water!
Here are 10 good reasons to consume your recommended daily intake of water:
- Water helps your brain, increases energy and relieves fatigue–your brain is about 75% water! Drinking water helps you think, focus and concentrate better and feel more alert. Also, your energy levels are boosted as a result of drinking H2O.
- Water helps promote weight loss by removing by-products of fat, reduces eating intake by helping you feel more full before meals, and boosts your metabolism. And water has zero calories!
- Water flushes out toxins and helps rid the body of waste through sweat and urination.
- Drinking water improves your complexion, as it provides moisture for your skin (your largest organ!).
- Consuming water helps maintain proper bowel function, aids in digestion and prevents constipation. Water is essential to proper food digestion.
- H2O boosts your immune system as it works to remove and prevent build up of toxins, which can have a negative impact on your immune system.
- Headache remedy–water helps relieve and prevent headaches that are commonly caused by dehydration.
- Water helps prevent cramps and sprains–adequate hydration keeps joints lubricated and muscles more elastic, so joint pain is less likely to occur.
- Water helps put you in a good mood–research shows that dehydration can affect your mood and make you cranky and confused. You will think clearer and be happier by drinking more water.
- Water is FREE—and even if you choose bottled or filtered water, it’s less expensive than that Grande latte or soda or fruit “health” beverage!
Sounds like we need to be diligent in our daily water consumption, right!? So how much is too much or not enough? Well, it depends on your size, weight, and activity level. In general, though, you should try to drink between half an ounce and one ounce of water per pound of body weight. For example: if you weigh 150 pounds, that would be 75 to 150 ounces of water per day.