We all know we need to drink more water, but do you know why and how it’s used in the body?
We know from a young age that most of our body is made up of water, about 85% of your brain, 80% of your blood and 70% of your muscle is water. Every cell in your body needs water to live. Water also helps remove toxins that your body takes in from the air you breathe, the chemicals we are exposed too, the food you eat. Water also help with joints by cushioning it.Water carries oxygen and nutrients into all your cells (very important while working out). Water also helps regulate your body temperature( why we crave water on a hot day)
If you’re trying to lose weight water is also important to keep your metabolism working properly as water aids in digestion. In order for this to happen, we need a certain level of water in each of our bodies that needs to be maintained, when that level drops is when we can dehydrate, this is usually when your body kicks in and sends the signal for thirst. Another car analogy here: All cars need oil, If the level gets too low, your engine will start to run really rough. If you let your oil dry out, your engine will stop running. The same thing happens with water in relation to your body. This is why we need to drink six to eight glasses of water a day. Keep in mind, that all non sugared non caffeinated beverages count, any herbal tea counts as a water serving. For every caffeinated or alcohol beverage you should match the amount with extra water. Lets say you drank 8 cups of water, but 1 cup od vodka( Crazy i know, but let’s make the math easier) In order to break even you should consume a total of 9 glasses of water.
Some of the things that may happen to your body if you don’t drink enough water are that your blood pressure can fall to dangerously low levels, you can get blood clots, kidney failure( helps us get rid of toxins), and or constipation(we need it for digestion remember) .
For me to make water consumption easy I bought the biggest Nalgene bottle in existence….
Also quick hint on pee here……As long as your liver and kidneys are healthy your pee should be clear and not smell,
that’s how you know you have consumed enough water.
Lets be good to not only our body but the environment too and use a re-usable bottle