Believe it or not, some health issues may be remedied simply by drinking more water. Your body is made up of 75% water! If you’re deficient, your organs, including your brain, may not function properly. Dehydration may contribute to cravings for unhealthy food, headaches, joint pain, lack of concentration, memory problems, and potentially many other issues.
10 Reasons to DRINK WATER:
- Help flush out toxins
- Lube up your joints and muscles
- Improve heart function
- Plump and beautify your skin
- Regulate your body temperature
- Improve your immune function
- Support memory recall, focus, and attention
- Increase your metabolism
- Improve bowel function
- Increase energy levels
The average person should drink about half of his or her body weight in water daily. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should be consuming about 75 ounces per day. Increase your water intake if you are exercising or cleansing your body in any way. Are you getting enough water?
How to Increase Your Water Consumption
START YOUR DAY with a glass of water. As soon as you get up in the morning, you should drink a full glass (8-12 fl. oz.) of water. This helps kick-start your digestive system and helps with healthy waste elimination.
If you’re currently not drinking enough water, try adding an 8 fl. oz. glass to what you are currently drinking. When that becomes a habit, add another 8 fl. oz. glass. Continue this process until you are at the recommended amount. Also try drinking a full glass of water when you’re craving unhealthy foods. For example, if you’re at a restaurant, drink a full glass of water before having your soda. Doing this may help you feel fuller and crave less of the unhealthy substances.
Note that it is best NOT to consume water a half hour before or one hour after dinner, as not to interfere with digestion. You should also avoid drinking water within an hour of going to bed. Limiting water intake before bed helps keep you from waking up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom.
Finally, carry a reusable bottle of water with you wherever you go. Having water consistently available will help you to consume more. Choose a stainless steel or glass container over aluminum or plastic, which may leach toxins into your water.
Not all water is created equal. Unfortunately, many city water systems do not filter out all of the contaminants and often contain undesirable amounts of chlorine and fluoride, both of which are toxic. Bottled and filtered water generally removes the contaminants, but also removes vital minerals. Another issue with bottled and filtered water is that it is typically acidic (not pH balanced) and may contribute to oxidation in your body. I encourage you to do your own research and choose the type of water that is best for you and your family.
By Gina VanLuven
Director of Nutrition Education
This article is for nutrition information purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any health concerns you may have. The information in this article is not intended to promote any specific product, or for the prevention or treatment of any disease.