It’s no secret that up to 60% of the human body is comprised of water. But did you know that on any given day you lose 64 ounces of water through perspiration (16 ounces from your feet alone)? Most of this perspiration goes unnoticed.
We both know that water consumption is imperative for maintaining hydration. But keeping up with that kind of diminishing supply can seem difficult.
In the battle to stay hydrated, it sometimes feels like the only option is countless trips to the bathroom. But before you move your office into the second stall, let’s figure out just how much water you should be consuming each day.
How much water should we drink each day?
The recommended water consumption can vary based on age, weight, sex, activity level, and the climate you live in. But generally speaking, women should drink 90 ounces (11 cups) of fluids per day and men should drink 125 ounces (16 cups) per day.
But if you want to get specific, there’s a pretty simple way to figure out the exact amount of water you should be drinking each day. Multiply your weight by ⅔ then consider your activity level. You should add 12 ounces of water to your daily intake for every 30 minutes of exercise.
But, other than maintaining 60% of your body mass and a few extra trips to the restroom, what do you get from drinking water all day? If you’re anything like us, you like to know the why behind anything you do.
What are the benefits of drinking water?
You’ll be happy to know that water provides plenty of benefits. And we want to give you 14 of the often overlooked benefits of drinking water.
1. Increases Brain Power and Provides Energy
Need a mental boost? One of water’s many benefits is an increase in brain power. Since your brain is made of 73% water, drinking it helps you think, focus, concentrate, and stay alert. As a result, your energy levels also improve
2. Promotes Healthy Weight Management and Weight Loss
Water aides in the removal of fat by-products and also helps you feel more full. Not only does this act as a natural appetite suppressant, but it also improves your metabolism.
3. Flush Out Toxins
You’ve probably heard the expression, “sweat it out.” Water consumption helps your body flush out waste through sweat and urination. This also prevents kidney stones and protects you from urinary tract infections.
4. Improves Your Complexion
Drinking water is great for your skin. It helps moisturize it, keep it soft, and removes wrinkles.
5. Maintains Regularity
When it comes to your digestive habits, being “regular” is always a good thing. And drinking water helps your body digest everything you eat as water is vital to a healthy digestive system.
6. Boosts Immune System
Want to know the easiest way to stay healthy during the cold and flu season? Drink more water! Drinking water has been directly related to a stronger immune system. Water also has been shown to reduce the risk of certain cancers.
7. Prevents Headaches
In addition to increasing brain power, drinking water also helps prevent and relieve headaches often caused by dehydration.
8. Prevents Cramps and Sprains
It’s no secret that dehydration leads to cramping. But did you know that hydrated muscles are also less prone to sprains? Water acts as a natural lubricant for your muscles and joints. Develop healthy hydration and you’ll be more flexible, less likely to experience sprained ankles, and less likely to be sore after that next killer workout.
9. Helps Regulate Your Body Temperature
Sweat is the natural cooling system of your body. And since water is a key ingredient of your sweat, your body needs enough water to properly regulate your body’s temperature through perspiration.
10. Prevents Backaches
Dehydration is often an overlooked cause of back pain. The discs of your spinal cord are made primarily of water. A lack of hydration can compromise these discs leading to back pain.
11. Improves Your Heart Health
Research has shown a link between coronary heart disease and water consumption. Water maintains the proper viscosity of blood and plasma and fibrinogen distribution.
12. Prevents Bad Breath
Bad breath is often a clear sign of dehydration. Drinking a sufficient amount of water washes away leftover food particles and oral bacteria that lead to bad breath.
13. Takes the Edge off of Hangovers
Instead of being reactive the next morning, take a proactive approach next time you drink alcohol. Alcohol consumption causes dehydration, which can lead to a hangover. However, you can offset these unforgiving consequences by drinking a glass of water with each alcoholic beverage.
14. Puts You in a Better Mood
Just as a well-oiled engine runs at top performance, so your body will also work better when properly hydrated. And when your internal systems and organs are running better, you’re more likely to feel better about yourself. In turn, you’re more likely to be in a good mood!
So maybe your new drinking habits will lead to a couple more trips to the bathroom, but your body will thank you. Start each day off right by drinking a glass of water each morning before breakfast. This will jumpstart your mind and body. This year, make it a goal to enjoy the benefits of drinking enough water each day.
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