What if I told you, there’s only one habit you need to change to improve your mental and physical health? Just one. And it’s backed by science.
Drink. More. Water.
Water is not only essential for our survival but it plays a vital role in maintaining optimal health.
THE IMPORTANCE OF HYDRATION
Water makes up about 60% of our total body weight. It is involved in almost every process including digestion, circulation, and temperature regulation. Without enough water the body can’t function properly, and that leads to a whole host of health problems.
BENEFITS OF HYDRATION
- Water helps maintain muscle function, regulates body temperature, and keeps joints lubricated
- It also keeps your brain functioning. When your dehydrated you get brain fog. Drinking 64 ounces or more a day can keep you focused, alert, and even give you enough mental clarity to spark your creativity.
- Water helps your belly absorb all the nutrients in that healthy lunch you just ate and also keeps you on a regular poop schedule!
- And it keeps you looking young! There did that convince you? Drinking plenty of water gives you glowing skin by flushing out toxins. It also reduces the appearance of wrinkles and blemishes.
You should drink at least 64 ounces of water a day. But if you’re an avid exerciser, it’s a hot day or you’re a little stressed out you should try drinking more than that. How do you know if you’re drinking enough water? Check your pee. Is it a very light yellow, like the color of straw? Then thumbs up! Consider yourself hydrated.
Here are some great ways to keep drinking water throughout the day:
- Stick some fruit in it. Go beyond just lemon. Try mixing cucumbers and mint. Or any other combination that sound fun.
- You don’t just have to drink water. You can eat it too. There are plenty of foods that can help you do this. Like watermelon, cucumbers, oranges, lettuce and berries just to name a few. Plus, eating these foods have their own health benefits so it’s a double win!
- Carry a water bottle with you and set a timer. We’re all busy, so it never hurts to have an app reminding you it’s time to take a big gulp!
So, remember, the next time you have a headache, feel tired, dizzy or have chapped lips, you probably need a big drink of water. Try 20 ounces, see if that helps. If it does, then drink 20 more and you’ll be on your way to being hydrated!