Did you know that our body is made up of sixty to seventy percent water? Whether you like to drink water or not, the fact is you cannot live without it.
Most experts advise drinking eight 8-oz glasses of water, or 3.7 litres for men and 2.7 litres for women, per day. That may sound like a lot, but every cell and most metabolic processes in our body requires water to function. On average, a person loses one to two pints of water per day from sweating, urinating and just staying alive. So the next time you are feeling thirsty, don’t ignore the signals from your body!
Still not convinced? Here are some reasons to stay well hydrated.
Water Is Needed For Digestion
Water helps food move along your digestive system smoothly to prevent bloating and constipation. We need it for the proper function of digestive enzymes in our stomach. Dehydration over time can increase your risk of heartburn and stomach ulcers.
Water Is Lubrication For Your Body
Water is the main component of cartilage, which is found in our joints and spine. Long-term dehydration can decrease their ability to absorb shock and cause joint pain. Water also helps keep our mouth, nose and eyes moist to prevent damage from friction.
Water Keeps Our Skin Looking Young
Dehydrated skin is more prone to premature wrinkling and skin disorders. Want to have youthful-looking skin? Drink up!
How Can I Stay Hydrated?
While you may find yourself sipping more during the hotter months or after exercise, many of us are not in tune with our body’s signals. Staying hydrated then becomes a conscious effort. Here are some tips to help you get more fluids in.
Have A Drinking Schedule
Just like an exercise routine, drinking water is a habit that you can develop. If you don’t find yourself reaching for a glass intuitively, then a schedule can help you stay on track. For example, you can make sure to drink water at the top of every hour.
Eat Water-rich Foods
You can supplement your water intake with fresh fruits and green vegetables. For example:
Water-based soups like vegetable soups are also a great source of hydration.
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