Proper hydration is critical for your overall health. It helps make sure that your systems are working properly. It replenishes water loss from skin, breath, urine, and stools. Sixty percent of our weight is from water as well. This miracle elixir sustains us and helps keep our bodies in sync, so why is it that so many people do not adequately hydrate throughout the day?
In a world of convenience, it is easy to reach for whatever beverage is available, and there is always a stash of something just around the corner. Sugary drinks like juices and sodas are in endless supply. Yes, they contain water, but, they also have added sugars. A 12 oz. can of cola has around 39 grams of sugar while a 20 oz. Mountain Dew has a whopping 77 grams. Fruit juice seems like a better alternative to soda, but it packs a sugar-filled punch too. Apple juice contains as much sugar as soda. You may be getting some Vitamin C, and other antioxidants but is the tradeoff worth it? When you are thirsty, it is best to reach for good old-fashioned water!
Your individual water needs will depend on multiple factors. Climate, environment, exercise, underlying health conditions, altitude, and more will determine the exact amount you need. There is no hard and fast rule for consumption either, which can be confusing. We have all heard we need to drink eight glasses a day, but these are guidelines. The Health and Medicine Division of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommends that men consume around 3.7 liters of water and women take in 2.7 liters of a combination of liquids and foods. You do not have to guzzle this amount of water to stay properly hydrated. By including water dense foods into your diet, you can help reach your goals too!
Water is needed to maintain balance within your body. Because so much is lost via bodily fluids, it needs to be replaced to keep your systems in check. Internally, water is at work in your cells and your tissues. It helps your joints stay lubricated and flushes out toxins. Without water, your body would not be able to remove waste via perspiration, urine, and stools. It helps your kidneys, liver, and intestines rid themselves of rubbish. It assists in digestion. In essence, water is a miracle beverage necessary for life.
Here at Fountain of You we advocate a diet that is as close to nature as possible. What better way to stay true to nature and help your body than by making sure you are hydrated by consuming your daily water needs? We value health and well-being; it is at the heart of everything we do. There are simple steps you can take each day that will provide you with powerful, long-term rewards, and drinking H20 is one of them.