Are you consuming enough water?
Jan 19, 2012 / 5:00 am
It's pretty basic information to most, that the benefits of consuming adequate amounts of water will greatly enhance digestion‚ nutrient absorption‚ skin hydration‚ detoxification and virtually every aspect of better health. It's also pretty well understood that so many common ailments and illnesses can be prevented and possibly even cured with an increased intake of water. Headaches, hypertension, back pain, arthritis, ulcers, asthma, morning sickness and fatigue are just a list of a few that will benefit and in many cases be prevented by regulating the body’s natural fluid levels.
But did you know that hydration cuts the risk of breast cancer by 79%, reduces the risk of colon cancer by 45% and slashes the risk of bladder cancer by 50%? It has also been shown to relieve back and joint pain for as many as 80% of sufferers. A drop of just 2% in body water causes short term memory problems and significant difficulties with concentration.
With the understanding of how proper hydration positively can affect our bodies, it is important to know just how much we should be consuming! That question has proven to be a very common question with no simple answer as studies have produced varying recommendations over the years, but in truth, your water needs depend on many factors, including your health, how active you are and where you live. Though no single formula fits everyone, knowing more about your body's need for fluids will help you estimate how much water to drink each day.
Having a clearer understanding of water consumption and its functions is important for every one to know. Ask yourself this: if you're not consuming adequate amounts of water, where is your body sourcing the necessary amounts of water for these simple daily functions?
Our lungs expel between two and four cups of water each day through normal breathing - even more on a cold day. If your feet sweat, there goes another cup of water. If you make half a dozen trips to the bathroom during the day, that's six cups of water. If you perspire, you expel about two cups of water (which doesn't include exercise-induced perspiration). Dietary recommendations:The Institute of Medicine advises that men consume roughly 3.0 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day and women consume 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day.
Is this doable? how close to your recommended water intake are you? Start filling up those water bottles and imagine the difference water will play in your life! Not a water fan? Try adding frozen berries or citrus fruit to your water! Tea is another healthy option - find as much variety (sugar free) and do your body right!
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