Water Is Life
We all know the basic truth of water being very important for our health. But do you actually know why we need it? Typically, most of us don’t drink enough water throughout the day. A few years back, I learned a good ratio for how much water to drink:
Drink 75% of your total body weight in ounces of water.
So, if you weigh 100 pounds, drink 75 ounces of water per day. If you weigh 200 pounds, drink 150 ounces of water per day.
Of course, this is always subject to activity levels; it isn’t suppose to be the end all guideline. Typically, on Tuesday, I take a CrossFit class in the morning, then I play basketball for 2 hours Tuesday night. So, I know on Tuesday, I need more water consumption than I normally drink because my body needs the extra fluids due to a massive loss of water through sweating. It is important I take more to keep my muscles hydrated and functioning at optimal levels.
How To Stay Healthy: Five Reasons To Drink More Water
1. Nutrient Carrier
As I am sure many of you know, our bodies are made up of about 60% of water. Water is the main carrier of nutrients, meaning after we ingest food, we extract the nutrients from that food and disperse it throughout the body. With all the stress we put on our bodies, it is vital to get nutrients to the necessary locations. Water even aids in digestion and maintains our body temperature.
2. Clearer Skin
Through our foods and the air we breathe, our bodies take in plenty of toxins. Some toxins can cause the body to inflame, clog our pores, or even cause acne. Water is a great way to flush these toxins out of our system. Just another reason to set a standard for water consumption.
3. Muscle Fuel
Did you know sweating causes our muscles to lose water? When our muscles are dehydrated, they can’t perform the duties assigned as well and our muscles tend to get fatigued easier when we lack H2O. Drinking enough water can mean the difference between setting a personal fitness record or failing to complete that last set of deadlifts you had planned.
Yes, water gives us energy. Since the brain is a muscle, and we just learned that our muscles get fatigued or can’t perform as well when we are dehydrated, it is crucial for brain power to keep your water intake up. Instead of caffeine, try increasing your water intake to keep your brain focused and fueled.
5. Pain Prevention
Sometimes, we suffer aching joints, muscle cramps/strains because we don’t have enough fluid in our system. Keeping the joints lubricated with proper water intake can help prevent some of those nagging pains.
To ensure I get my proper intake of water daily, I use a Sharpie to mark each time I drink a glass of water. This keeps me on track to make sure I am properly hydrated every day. Plus, I love the act of checking off each glass I consume. It’s motivating to me to visually see that I’m reaching my daily goal. Set yourself up for success with a system you can easily follow each day to make sure you’re reaping all the benefits of proper hydration. You can use the pen method like I do, or there are many apps you can use that not only track your water intake, but gives you reminders throughout the day to drink up.
Water is a major part of health and wellness and is typically overlooked. I’ve only listed 5 reasons to drink plenty of water, but there are many, many more health benefits from properly hydrating your body. Do you want to stay healthy? Drinking plenty of water is a great way to start.