Water makes up about 60% of our body and is responsible for numerous important bodily functions that keep you alive and functioning. How much do you drink daily?
Drinking enough water is one of the single most important suggestions I can make to someone who is looking to change their habits and create a healthier lifestyle. Dehydration can lead to headaches, muscle cramps, food cravings, bloating, dry skin, depression, and fatigue amongst a myriad of other issues.
"According to Health24, A 2% reduction of water levels in the body can lead to a 20% decrease in mental and physical performance."
Here are some of the many benefits staying hydrated has on our bodies:
Helps flush out toxins and waste that can cause inflammation and bloating
Can increase energy and alertness (dehydration can cause fatigue)
Can reduce headaches and migraines since both can be caused by dehydration
Promotes healthy skin
Regulates body temperature
Regulates digestion and bowel movements
Dehydration can cause you to feel hunger even if you are not
So you may be wondering what the recommended amount of water really is? According to The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine the adequate daily fluid intake is about 15.5 cups of fluids for men and about 11.5 cups of fluids a day for women. I try to drink AT LEAST 1/2 gallon of water day, this is my daily goal and it is easy for me to monitor with my go to water bottle. I prefer to drink my water warm, it makes it easier to drink in my opinion and warm water itself has its own array of health benefits (more on that in another post!). The first thing I do when I wakeup is drink a glass of warm water (sometimes with lemon or lime) before I have my coffee or breakfast. I also will not be found without my water bottle with me, seriously ask anyone who knows me. Start getting uncomfortable with leaving your water bottle at home, make it your newest accessory!
So before you grab a cup of coffee because your feeling tired, or grab that extra snack because you feel hungry, first try drinking a glass of water and see if either resolve.