We have all heard that water is good for us. Drink more water. Drink 8 glasses a day. Drink 10 glasses a day. Drink Water! But why? Why is water good for you? How much water is enough? What are the benefits of drinking more water? How do we know if we are getting enough water? Tips on how to add water to your day. This is what I want to cover with you here.
Our bodies are made up of more than 3/4 water. We are around 80% water. Our blood is 83% water. Our Brain is made up with 90% water. Our muscles are 75% water. Even our bones have 22% water. And our organs and cells are made up of water and need water to work properly.
The body needs water to move oxygen and other nutrients to our cells. It also helps the organs to absorb the nutrients they need. Water helps protect our organs. Our body needs water for every cell in our body to run properly.
Our bodies need water to keep it running. We get water from the foods we eat and the things we drink. But we are also getting the things our body don’t need when we eat and drink the wrong things. The best way to get the water we need is by drinking just plain water. The best way to get water from food is through fruits and vegetables.
When we don’t get enough water, our bodies become dehydrated. This puts a toll on our organs to run with ease. Our bodies are very smart. It will tell us what it needs. We just need to listen to it. But one thing the body can’t determine is the difference between hunger and thirst. Mainly we will feel as if we are hunger, but we are thirsty. When feeling hungry, try drinking some water. If the hunger leaves, then you were just thirsty.
There’s a lot of benefits to drinking water. And if we don’t get enough, our body will let us know. Medical problems will arise and take it toll on us. How do we know if we are getting enough water throughout the day? And What happens when we don’t get enough water?
Our body will give us warning signs when we need more water.
Here are some things to look for.
- Urine.- Our urine will be a dark yellow or a dark orange in color. It will have a strong smell to it.
- Dry Skin and Cracked Lips/ Hands.- Your skin is the largest organ. It provides protection for your whole body. When you don’t get enough water, it will become dry and you are more prone to wrinkles. And who wants to see those stubborn wrinkles?
- Dry Mouth and Thirst.- This is one of the most noticeable signs. But use some medications we take causes dry mouth, so read your medicine label.
- Hunger.- One thing our bodies can’t recognize is the difference between thirst and hunger. If you feel hungry, drink a glass of water before grabbing something to eat. Give yourself about 15 minutes. If you are still feeling hungry, then eat. But most of the time, it’s just that you are thirsty.
- Fatigue and Weakness.- Feeling of being tired all the time, even after a good night’s rest is one sign we all overlook. If you are wondering why you are always feeling tired, it could be that you aren’t getting enough water in your diet. Try drinking more water during your day and see if you have more energy.
- Constipation and Indigestion.- Another sign that gets overlooked when we don’t have enough water, is constipation. When we don’t have enough water in our body, the colon pulls water out of our stool. This causes constipation. If you suffer from constipation quite often, try drinking more water to see if your system improves.
- Migraines and Headaches.- Yes, Migraines. Since our brain is made of 90% water, when we don’t get enough water, our brains will also suffer from it. We need water for our brains to fusion correctly. When we are dehydrated, there’s not enough water in the brain and this will cause the brain to actually shrink and pull away from the skull.
- Irritability and Depression.- This is also causes from not having enough water for the brain to fusion correctly. Our brain controls our mood. If having poor concentration, other words, brain fog, try adding more water in your day.
- Dry Eye.- When we don’t have enough water to help our tear ducts produce fluid, our eyes become red, dry and irritable.
- Muscle Cramps.- Our muscle contain 75% water. So, if we aren’t getting enough water in our diet, our muscles will also feel the affect. Muscle cramps often happens at night when they are at rest. This is commonly after a day of exercise, swimming, or walking more than we are used to.
- Kidney Stones.- The kidney cleans and filters toxins from the body. Water is needed for the kidneys to function properly. If we don’t get enough water in our diet, the kidneys are forced to get water from other areas, Most commonly, the stool. Dehydration is the biggest cause for kidney stones.
Our body shows us in many ways when we don’t get enough water in our diet. Dehydration is one of the common reasons why people end up at the doctor’s office.
How Much Water Is Enough
Drink 8 glasses a day or is it 10 glasses? There is many answers to this. But what is the right amount of water? This all depends on you. Let me explain.
Where do you live? Is the climate hot or cold? Living in a hot climate, the body needs more water. This due to sweating, Unlike living in the cold climate.
How active are you? If you are an active person, you will need more water. Spending time in a gym, exercising, running, or just playing with the kids outside, you will need more water than maybe sitting on the couch watching the ballgame.
What kind of job do you have? Working outside in the heat, you will need more water than say, someone working at a desk in air condition all day.
What we do during our day makes a lot of difference on how much water we need in our diet. But on an average, We need one-half to one ounce of water for every pound we weigh.
You weigh 100 pounds – you will need 50 to 100 ounces of water a day. ( more if you are active and/or live in a hot climate).
You weigh 200 pounds – you will need 100 to 200 ounces of water a day. (more if you are active and/or live in a hot climate).
Benefits Drinking More Water
There are many benefits for drinking more water. Our health should be one of the top priority in our lives. Good health today will lead to a better tomorrow.
Keeping water near by is a great way to drink more water through the day. Pick up a bottle bottle and start drinking more water for a healthier you.