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Why Do We Need Water?

You know you need water and you’ve probably heard that on average you need about 64 ounces a day.  Have you ever wondered why?

What Water Does For Us

Water quenches our thirst but it also does a whole lot more.  Here are some of the things that water does for us.

Weight Loss

Numerous studies have shown a connection between proper hydration and weight loss.  Water helps you feel full so try drinking a glass of water before meals.  You just might find yourself consuming fewer calories.

Strength

When your muscles don’t have the water they need they fatigue a lot more quickly.  Stay well hydrated at the gym so you get the best workout possible.

Fluid Balance

Your body is about 60% water so you need to stay well hydrated to keep your fluids in balance.  Keeping your fluids in balance helps to digest food and transport nutrients, regulates body temperature and more.

Clearer Skin

Toxins trapped in the body can cause skin issues such as clogged pores and acne.  Water flushes out these toxins so they don’t remain in the body which can help keep skin clear.

Energy

Most of us reach for the coffee for a bit of energy but did you know that one of the most common symptoms of dehydration is tiredness?  Stay hydrated and maybe you won’t feel the need for that afternoon caffeine boost!

Hangover

Most of the symptoms of a hangover are caused by being dehydrated.  Try drinking a glass of water for every drink you have or at very least have a glass of water before you go to bed and start drinking more water when you wake up.

Pain Prevention

Did you know that aching joints, muscle cramps and strains can be due to dehydration?  If you find yourself suffering from any of these try upping your water.

Let’s Drink To That!

If you’re not drinking enough water every day hopefully this info will encourage you to drink more.  Not sure how much to drink?  General rule of thumb is 64 ounces or you can take your body weight in pounds, divide it by two and that’s about how many ounces of water you should be having each day.  Go buy yourself a fancy new water bottle and carry it with you everywhere!

Are You Drinking Enough Water?

Did you know that approximately 75% of North Americans are dehydrated?  People often forget to drink enough water and many don’t realize how important water is.  Are you drinking enough water?

Your body is about 65% water, so there’s no real surprise that drinking water is so important to keep you healthy.

Why You Need To Be Drinking Enough Water

  1. Helps keep you lean – Your body needs enough water in order for your organs to function properly.  One of the functions of your liver is to metabolize body fat for energy.  The job of the kidneys is to act as a filter for getting rid of toxins.  If the kidneys don’t have enough water, then the liver has to step in and help the kidneys get rid of the waste.  If you’re dehydrated and your kidneys are needing help from your liver, then your liver can’t work at its full capacity to burn fat.
  2. Keeps you looking younger – When your skin is dehydrated it loses its firmness, which leads to wrinkles and dry skin. When you’re drinking enough water the skin keeps it elasticity for longer, giving you a youthful and healthy glow.
  3. More energy – Staying well hydrated actually helps keep your energy high and your brain clear.
  4. Reduces food cravings – Quite often when you think you’re hungry, you’re actually thirsty.  Try drinking a glass of water before you eat and see how you feel.  You might be surprised to find out that you weren’t actually hungry.  If you are still hungry after you drink your glass of water, go eat!

Signs of Dehydration

  • Your urine is the colour of tang.  It should be the colour of straw.  The only exception is if you are taking vitamins, in which case your urine will be bright yellow.
  • Feeling thirsty.  By the time you feel physically thirsty you’re already dehydrated.  Aim to sip water throughout the day so you never get to a point where you feel thirsty.
  • Headaches.  Most of us have experienced a hangover with a terrible headache.  That headache is actually caused by dehydration.  If you find yourself getting frequent headaches try increasing your water intake.
  • Feeling off.  Feeling dizzy, lightheaded and experiencing dry mouth, are all signs of dehydration.

How Much Water?

They say on average that you should have 2 liters or 8 glasses, but what is average?  Listen to the signs your body is giving you (see above) and drink accordingly 😉  If you sweat quite a bit when working out be sure to drink more.  Weigh yourself before and after your workout.  For every pound down, drink about 16 ounces of water.

Being dehydrated causes discomfort and health issues which is why it’s worth it to make the effort to drink more.  Go buy yourself a fancy new water bottle and take it with you everywhere!  Need more suggestions?  Leave a comment.