Did you know your body is between 60 and 70% water?
Yes you are an ocean unto your self!
Water is intrinsic in just about every body function imaginable. Every system of your body depends on it. This week for Weekly Wellness we will be focusing on drinking enough water to maintain optimum health and vitality.
What are the health benefits of drinking water?
“Water is the second most important thing that our bodies need to survive, oxygen being the first.” – Improving health and energy
20 health benefits to drinking water
- Flushes toxins from vital organs
- Carries nutrients to cells
- Provides a moist environment necessary for ears, nose, throat, lungs, eyes, mouth, and other outward mucous membranes.
- Suppresses appetite
- Helps the body metabolize fat
- Reduces fluid retention
- Helps maintain proper muscle tone
- Prevents sagging skin after weight loss
- Reduces wrinkles and outward signs of skin aging
- Helps relieve constipation
- Helps prevent headaches
- Reduces heartburn
- Reduces the chances to form kidney stones in the kidney
- Can help ease pain from rheumatoid and osteo arthritis
- Can help reduce back pain
- Aides in maintaining proper PH balance in the body
- Helps the body regulate temperature
- Required for digestion and absorption of food
- Necessary for proper blood circulation
- Helps dissolve minerals making them more available to the body
How much water should I drink?
This question is a loaded one. I am convinced there is not a “one size fits all” approach to how much water you should drink. The “normal” suggestion is 6-8 glasses of water a day. I have heard others say you should drink half of your body weight in water, in ounces a day. So if you weigh 200 lbs you should drink 100 oz of water a day.
I have worked in a hospital and seen water poisoning, where people have had so much water, in the name of health, that their body was stripped of vital nutrients and their electrolyte balance was off making them very sick. In one instance the patient suffered kidney damage.
Our bodies know when we need to drink. We need to listen to what our body is telling us and base our water drinking off of that. Obviously people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, at higher altitudes, more physically active, are going through a detox, having physical pain, bloating, headaches, should drink more water than a normal, healthy individual. I personally try to drink about 96 ounces of water a day. That is ideal for me. Some days I don’t drink enough and can feel it. Some days I cant drink it all because I don’t feel I need it. It is all about balance.
On that note, if you FEEL thirsty you are already dehydrated.
I find keeping a glass (or mason jar) of water next to me all day long keeps me drinking water. I have a toddler so keeping water near at all times is difficult. She really likes to take my water and spill it. I keep it around the house so I can be sure to drink whenever I walk by a jar with water in it.
Ideally you want filtered water, not from plastic bottles which leach harmful chemicals into your body and are terrible for the environment, but filtered at home and put into a glass or stainless steel container for drinking. We have used PUR and Britta water filters at home and although they are not the best, they help get some of the harmful chemicals and particles out of the water before you drink it.
I fill four mason jars full of water every night and leave them open to the air on the counter. This lets the water breathe and the chlorine in the water will evaporate. I then drink out of these four mason jars throughout the day. I will do an extra jar if I am fermenting something since I don’t want chlorine in my ferments either.
So, our challenge this week is to make sure you are drinking enough WATER! Most people are not. So keep on BREATHING and drink some WATER.
You can do this!
This is easy.
How do you make sure you drink enough water in a day? Are you getting enough currently?
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