You may not realize it, but drinking water and keeping your body properly hydrated is an integral part of staying healthy and fit. Water helps keep your body functioning at peak capacity and aids in practically every function of the body.
Your body is about 70% water; your muscles are approximately 75% water; your brain cells are about 85% water; your blood is approximately 82% water; and even your bones are approximately 25% water! (Source: The Seven Pillars of Health, by Dr. Don Colbert).
If you’re not drinking enough water every day, your body will become severely dehydrated, you will experience frequent headaches, indigestion, inflammation, and the list goes on and on.
How do you know if you’re drinking enough?
To determine how much water you should drink each day, take your body weight and divide it by 2, then drink that amount of water in ounces each day. (Ex. A 160 lb. person should be drinking 80 ounces of water a day.)
Yes, I know it’s a lot, but think about these benefits:
- Water is great at helping manage your weight by curbing your appetite.
- Water affects your appearance, making your skin smoother and giving it luster.
- Water increases the efficiency of the immune system.
- Water prevents clogging of arteries in the heart and brain, thus reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.
- Water lubricates joints and helps prevent arthritis and back pain.
- Water helps brain function, improves attention span, helps prevent memory loss, and reduces the risk of degenerative diseases.
- Water decreases the risk of certain forms of cancer.
- Water reduces the effects of aging.
- Water flushes out toxins and waste materials.
That makes it a little easier to “swallow,” huh?
And don’t forget to increase your intake of salads, vegetables & fruits since they all contain a high percentage of water.
This post is excerpted from my book, A Life That Flourishes. Click on image below to purchase.
Alisha Gratehouse is an artist, art instructor, minister’s wife, and homeschooling mom of three. Her days are filled with creating, painting, writing, drinking lots of tea, laughing with (and at) her family, and spontaneously bursting forth into song. Alisha is the author of several books including, A Life That Flourishes.