Water – so simple and so available, yet so underused and underappreciated. It may not be a surprise to you that most people fall short of the recommended daily serving of water – which is to drink half your body weight in ounces. According to a survey conducted by The Rockefeller University in New York, although three quarters of Americans are aware of how much water they should be drinking, only a mere 34% drink it. And an even meeker 10% of Americans said they don’t drink water at all, what!? I’m appalled.
Water-you Freaking Out About?
I’m freakin’ out because I know how imperative water is for your overall health and body function! Drinking water is one of the most important health habits you could possibly take part in – and I repeat, VERY important. Did you know water makes up more than 70% of the body’s tissues and plays a role in nearly every bodily function? That’s right. From regulating body temperature and cushioning joints to bringing oxygen to the cells and removing wastes from the body, H2O has been busy lately. Your brain alone is made up of 80% water. Dr. Daniel Amen actually calls water, “The brain’s medicine.” Chyeah…it’s kind of a big deal. Here are 8 solid benefits of drinking enough water:
1. Puts you in a good mood – when the body is functioning at its best, you will feel peachy and be happy!
2. Prevents cramps & sprains – proper hydration helps keep joints lubricated and muscles more elastic so joint pain is less likely.
3. Natural headache remedy – helps to relieve and prevent headaches (migraines & back pains too!) which are commonly caused by dehydration.
4. Boosts immune system – a water guzzler is less likely to get sick. Who wouldn’t rather feel healthy the majority of the time? Drinking plenty of water helps fight against flu, cancer, and other ailments like heart attacks.
5. Maintains regularity – aids in digestion as water is essential to digest your food – it also prevents constipation.
6.Improves complexion – moisturizes skin, keeps it fresh, soft, glowing and smooth. It gets rid of wrinkles and is the best anti-aging treatment around!
7. Flushes out toxins – Gets rid of waste through sweat and urination which reduces the risk of kidney stones and UTI’s.
8. Increases energy & relieves fatigue – since your brain is 80% water, drinking it helps you think, focus, and concentrate better and be more alert. As an added bonus, your energy levels are also boosted!
To Drink or What to Drink, which is the Question?
So obviously “what” to drink would be the question here, seeing as you now know (if you didn’t before) water should be your exclusive beverage of choice. Bottled spring water and filtered water are recommended. Brita filtered water costs around 24 cents per gallon. However, standard filters are more effective and bring the cost down 1-2 cents per gallon. You can obtain them locally at places like Home Depot. On a side note it’s also best to drink these at room temperature, as ice-cold water can be a trauma to the delicate lining of your stomach.
Tap water is a no-no! Why? Because tap water contains dissolved solids such as magnesium, heavy metals like lead, salt based substances, and chlorine – just to list a few. This is because water picks up on the things it passes through and/or comes in contact with. So despite cities’ efforts, tap can contain environmental pollutants. Some other less than satisfactory things tap could become tainted by are underground landfills and leaky storage tanks. Ummm…gross.
All public water systems in the U.S. are required to follow the standards set by the EPA, however, there are violations in all states. In addition, many prescription medications are flushed down the toilet and end up in the water supply. The federal government currently has no testing requirement for prescription drug contaminants. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), contaminants in water can lead to gastrointestinal problems, fertility issues and neurological disorders. Children, pregnant women, elderly, and those with compromised immune systems, are more vulnerable to illness from some of the contaminants.
So in short – get in the habit of drinking half your body weight in ounces of water daily. It’s plethora of benefits it’s priceless. Just be sure you’re weary of the type of water you’re drinking – because as you learned above, the little things definitely DO count.
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