Water is a Constant Question for People
There’s so much information out there about water but I always get the same questions. How much should I drink? What are the benefits of drinking water? Can other beverages take the place of water?
Here’s a New Water Video to Help
How Much Water Should I Drink?
Hopefully the video helped you understand how much water you should be drinking because it really is different for everyone. And, now you know how to test your own hydration level so you know when to drink more water.
Benefits of Drinking Water
The benefits of drinking water are incredible. Most importantly everything in your body works better when properly hydrated – when you are drinking enough water. All the receptors in the cell membranes (which are the means of command and the control message system) function more efficiently, proteins and enzymes are more efficient, oxygen is delivered better to the cells, nutrients are properly transported, body temperature is regulated, toxins and waste are more easily removed, the immune system is strengthened, as well as bones, joints, and organs are better cushioned. All because you are drinking enough water to be properly hydrated.
Water is the most important nutrient in the body, making up 55-60% of our total body mass. There have been direct links between serious conditions such as pain, hernia, heartburn, cataracts, chronic fatigue, kidney stones, lupus, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, headaches, stress, depression, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Alzheimer’s, weight gain, asthma, allergies, and diabetes with the continuous state of dehydration – when you aren’t drinking enough water.
Other Beverages vs. Water
The research is all over the map on this question which is why I love going back to the water salute so you can identify for yourself how much water should I drink because once again, everyone is different. Maybe I only need 6 cups of water with my high water content fruit and vegetables plus tea where someone else needs 10 cups because they don’t eat as many high water content foods and drink enough caffeine to pull water from the body. Plus there’s the question of climate and exercise. So, I think the best idea is to use the test and find out how much water I drink each day.
I do highly recommend reducing the consumption of sugary drinks, especially if those drinks interfere with the amount of water you are drinking.
The benefits of drinking water can’t be highlighted enough. I’ve written about how drinking water can decrease pain. And I honestly believe that we are still discovering the importance of water. So ask yourself – how much water should I drink – and find your personal answer.