Drinking water is essential to your health. There are varying opinions on how much water you should be drinking every day. Doctors typically recommend eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon.
When your water intake does not equal your output, you can become dehydrated. Fluid losses are accentuated in warmer climates, during strenuous exercise, in high altitudes, and in older adults, whose sense of thirst may not be as sharp.
Keeping hydrated is crucial for good health and well-being, and yet many people do not consume enough fluids each day.
Here are the top five benefits of drinking water every day:
Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids. Water aids in digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature. When you're low on fluids, the brain triggers the body's thirst mechanism. Alcohol interferes with the brain and kidney communication and causes excess excretion of fluids which can then lead to dehydration.
- Water Can Help Control Calories. Weight loss is possible by substituting water for higher calorie beverages. Foods with high water content are absorbed more slowly by the body, which helps you feel full. Water-rich foods include fruits, vegetables, broth-based soups, oatmeal, and beans.
Water Helps Energize Muscles. Cells that don't maintain their balance of fluids and electrolytes shrivel, which can result in muscle fatigue. Drinking enough fluids is important when exercising. Follow the American College of Sports Medicine guidelines for fluid intake before and during physical activity. These guidelines recommend that people drink about 17 ounces of fluid about two hours before exercise. During exercise, they recommend that people start drinking fluids early, and drink them at regular intervals to replace fluids lost by sweating.
The Road Shower has many uses for adventurers and over landers, beyond just showers. You can use it to assist with washing dishes, as a pressurized jet to rinse off dirty gear, to gently spray off pets, or for extra drinking water.
- Water Helps Keep Skin Looking Good. Your skin contains plenty of water, and functions as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss. "Lock" water into your skin by using a moisturizer, this will help creates a physical barrier to keep moisture in.
Water Helps Your Kidneys. Body fluids transport waste products in and out of cells. The main toxin in the body is blood urea nitrogen, a water-soluble waste that is able to pass through the kidneys to be excreted in the urine,
Simple Tips to Help You Drink More
- Have a beverage with every snack and meal.
- Choose beverages you enjoy; you're likely to drink more liquids if you like the way they taste.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables. Their high water content will add to your hydration. About 20% of our fluid intake comes from foods.
- Keep a bottle of water with you in your car, at your desk, or in your bag.
- Choose beverages that meet your individual needs. If you're watching calories, go for non-caloric beverages or water.
Andrew Ciccone, VP Branding & Media Strategy - Andrew's long strange marketing trip began after graduating from Syracuse University with a BS in Marketing. Andrew then developed his marketing prowess when he moved to Madison Avenue big boys Young & Rubicam, Backer Spielvogel, and Grey Advertising. He went on to get a Masters in Corporate Communications from Baruch College, then went on to start his own agency in 2011 - Hudson Valley Public Relations. Andrew has earned a reputation for creative, smart, innovative campaigns that get results. Andrew's spare time is devoted to sailing regattas, family fun and film. To date he has penned four screenplays.
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