8 Ways Your Body Uses Water
So DRINK UP! :-)
We all know that water composes roughly 60% of the human body. The brain and heart are over 70% water. Even your bones are over 30% water! Water is also used in the digestion of food and in numerous chemical reactions that take place in your body. Under normal circumstances, you can only last a few days without water.
Considering how much of your body is made up of water, it only makes sense that not getting enough water can be a real problem!
Water has numerous benefits, so take advantage of these ideas to make certain you’re getting enough:
- Regulating body temperature. You’re sweating all the time, whether you realize it or not. Have you ever noticed that you feel hot and uncomfortable when you’ve gone too long without a drink? This can happen even when the weather is cool. Your body needs water to produce the sweat that cools it.
- Water keeps you regular. Water helps to keep everything moving along. When you don’t get enough water, your poop can dry out and constipation is the result.
- Water helps to keep your skin looking youthful and healthy. Beauty experts and dermatologists recommend drinking plenty of water because it keeps your skin hydrated and healthy. Your skin becomes dry, loose, and wrinkles when you don’t drink enough.
- Water helps to maintain a healthy body weight. Water is necessary to digest food. It has been shown that drinking a half-liter of water before meals helps with weight management goals.
- Enhance your mood. Studies show that drinking more than a half-gallon of water each day results in greater feelings of calmness and contentment. Those drinking significantly less reported greater levels of tiredness and confusion. Water can be a great way to feel better and more positive.
- Decrease frequency of headaches. Dehydration is a common cause of headaches. Medical experts aren’t certain why this happens, but the results are clear. If you get regular headaches, ensure you’re getting enough water each and every day.
- Athletic performance is decreased by insufficient water intake. Whether you participate in a strength sport, endurance sport, or anything in between, your performance will be poor if you’re not sufficiently hydrated.
- Water can help to ease or prevent many diseases and ailments. Asthma, kidney stones, and constipation are just a few physical maladies impacted by hydration levels.
How much water is enough? It depends. The needs of a 250-pound man who works outdoors in Phoenix will be different from the needs of a 115-pound woman who lives in Toronto and works indoors. A good rule of thumb is to drink half your weight in ounces of water each day. More when you’re sweating, or using air conditioning or central heating. For the average person, half a gallon works well.
While all beverages are primarily composed of water, nothing compares to pure water for hydrating your body in a healthy manner. Besides, your body will use water to process all other beverages. If you aren’t excited by the non-taste of water, try adding YL Vitality Drops to your water. You might also consider adding slices of cucumber and lemon to your water to add a little bit of flavor.
Make sure to listen to your body’s elimination signals too and visit the bathroom as many times as your kidneys and bladder tell you to. The water you drink is not only keeping your properly hydrated. It’s also allowing your eliminatory organs to do their job of diluting and evacuating toxins from your body.