Water is that clear substance that we grab out of a faucet from the sink. It also can often be given in a bottle form which can easily be handed out or carried about anywhere. With the convenience’s of water and how accessible it can be it is often the most forgotten thing throughout the day. Our bodies are made up of about 60% of water and it provides the necessary functions for digestion, metabolism, joint function, along with many of our daily activities. However, water is not consumed nearly enough with all the pop and juices that are so readily available to us. Many suffer from dehydration without even being aware of it, which can have a damaging effect on the body.
Just think of a plant that is in a pot and how if you forget to water this plant you will see it wilt and wither away. When given water it thrives and stands strong and beautiful. The same goes for our bodies and when we deplete the water in our bodies it doesn’t take long and we start to decrease our ability to function properly, and soon we start to have a decrease in brain function and our organs have to work harder to keep working properly, which then adds unneeded stress to our body. Some of the signs and symptoms that one could look for would be signs of be excessively tired, dry skin, sunken eyes, dry mouth, muscles become weak, dark urine output, dizziness, headache, and as this list can continue, you can see that the body is quickly calling out for more water to keep it hydrated. If a body is already low on water intake and then you spend 3-4 hours in the hot sun or become ill and start to vomit or have diarrhea, you can see that quickly your body will be in a compromised state and you will soon see some of these other symptoms.
Water is essential to our daily function and consuming the right amount is essential to daily survival. An easy way to remember how much water you should drink would be to take your body weight in pounds and cut it in half and that’s how many ounces of water you should be consuming each day. This does not mean a sugary beverage, but good clear healthy water. If one were to consume a soda or caffeinated beverage it is recommended that they consume another 8 ounces of water to compensate for this beverage. To help put this into better perspective, we can consider that our body loses about 90 ounces of water each day. Thankfully we are able to get some of that back by the food we eat, but the rest needs to come from water that we consume on a regular basis. This becomes an essential part to improving our health by first starting to increase our water intake.
Drinking enough water can improve our brain and digestive function, this can give us the aid we need in fighting off nasty bugs that potentially may be attacking our body. Drink more water and you to will experience the difference in your health and life!