Last week I listed The Five to Thrive and the very first thing on the list is hydration. Water isn’t always a favorite go to option when we feel thirsty. For many years I was guilty of consuming maybe a quarter of the amount of water my body really needed and instead was drawn towards lots of coffee, drinks with a flavor to them, which most of the time meant lots of sugar or fake sugar and I would throw in a soda or two once in a while. Consuming sugary processed beverages will only make us want to consume more things that are sugary and processed, so as a result I was eating poorly as well. For me, this led to weight gain, lethargy, fatigue, trouble sleeping and eventually feeling pretty poorly about myself.
You too? Well catch this. Water is magic! It is incredibly important to all living things. The human adult body is about 60% water and according to the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the brain and the heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. For the average human we should be consuming at least half our body weight in ounces. To be more clear, take your weight in pounds and divide it by two, then take that number and drink that amount of water in ounces, voila! If you’re active and sweating more often you should be consuming more. For most active humans consuming a gallon of water a day is the norm. So get after it!
Switching to drinking more water when you’re used to the satisfaction of a flavor in everything you drink can feel challenging. However, it is a game changer my friends!! You can always start by cutting your sugary drinks in half and adding water for the other half. Then slowly add more and more water each week with less of the non-water beverage of choice. Infusing water with fruit is also a super helpful and yummy way to jazz it up. Grab yourself a water bottle that’s big enough so you only need to fill it maybe three times a day to get your adequate intake to make things easy and help you keep track.
Knowing the benefits of something helps to motivate me and keep me accountable for achieving a certain goal and taking care of myself. So here are seven science-based health benefits of drinking enough water.
- Water helps to maximize physical performance
- Hydration has a major effect on energy levels and brain function
- Drinking water may help to prevent and treat headaches
- Drinking more water may help relieve constipation
- Drinking water may help to treat kidney stones
- Water helps prevent hangovers
- Drinking more water can help with weight loss
Now go drink a glass of water and then drink another one!!!!