It’s a big issue that you should all be asking yourself every day. Water is the fundamental building block of your body, making up about 60% of it. Therefore you need to be careful to ensure that you are getting enough water in your daily diet.
The simple act of drinking a glass of water can have profound effects on your life. Water can help you to control your weight, control your blood pressure, regulate your sugar levels, reduce water retention, alleviate headaches and help with the proper digestion of food. Dehydration can also reduce dry eye symptoms.
So how much water should you drink?
The answer varies depending on the source. Most experts recommend 8 glasses of water per day. While the National Academies of Medicine gets a little more accurate and recommends that a man should get at least 3.7 litres and a woman should get at least 2.7 litres of water per day. These values, however, include water intake from everything, including food. The bottom line is that it's more than what most people get on a regular basis.
You can monitor your water intake by looking at the colour of your urine and how frequently you need to go to the washroom. If your urine is just slightly yellow, you're right on track.
Still not convinced that you need to drink more water? Here are five more reasons:
- Weight Control – Drinking water helps to curb your hunger. We often reach for food to satisfy our hunger cravings, so instead reach for a glass of water first.
- Cleanse – Water helps to pull toxins away from your body
- Water retention – Water helps to reduce bloating
- Headaches – Dehydration is one of the most common causes. In our busy lives, we often reach for caffeinating beverages such as coffee, tea and soda to help keep us awake. These beverages, however, also pull even more water away from our system, further dehydrating us.
- Energy – Seriously! Try it! Try drinking 2-3 litres of water every day, and you will notice a sudden increase in your energy levels.
So challenge yourself to drink a small glass of water every hour for 7 days and see how you feel.
Good health doesn't have to be complicated. Sometimes the simple things are the best medicine. As a result, I’ve made it my goal to adjust my owns habits with regards to water consumption. Good general health begins with the basics and that includes adequate balanced water intake throughout the day.
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