If you’ve never taken the time to appreciate all the health benefits of water, now may just be the right time to do that.
Water is the source of life and one of the best things you can drink to quench your thirst.
Making sure to drink enough water every day ensures proper functioning of your metabolism, gives you better skin complexion and boosts energy levels.
With no calories, water is also an excellent drink for dieters. In fact one study showed that drinking two 8-ounce cups of water before every meal can improve weight loss.
“Over the course of 12 weeks, dieters who drank water before meals, three times per day, lost about 5 pounds more than dieters who did not increase their water intake.”
What’s the Deal With Water?
So is drinking “enough” water throughout the day really that important? Well, water does more than just quench your thirst. The body uses water in all of its cells, organs and tissues to help regulate body temperature and maintain other bodily functions. Have you ever experienced a dry mouth, dry skin or dry eyes? Keeping your body hydrated by drinking water helps retain optimum levels of moisture in these areas, as well as in the blood, bones and brain. Water also helps protect the spinal cord, acting as a lubricant and cushioning for your joints.
The body loses water in a number of ways, including breathing, sweating, digestion, or through an illness that causes a fever, vomiting or diarrhea. Adequate water intake allows the body to excrete waste through perspiration, urination and defecation, to eliminate toxins. The kidneys and liver use water to help flush out waste, to keep things moving properly.
How Much Water Should You Be Drinking?
For a more precise measurement, the chart below will be of great help, as it will calculate the needed amount of water for you. Nevertheless, you should not forget the amount you need to add if you workout.
After you calculate how much water you need to drink, you should keep track of how much you have consumed during the day. In order to do so, a special container for water will help you control the consumed amounts.
Generally, you should strive for between 25-50% of your body weight in ounces of water each day. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, you should be drinking 40-80 oz of water each day. If you’re physically active, you should aim for the higher end of the spectrum — in this case, 80 ounces.
You may don’t know this, but body loses water through sweating, so drinking plenty of water after exercising is important in order to re-hydrate.