One of the easiest ways we can improve our health is to ensure that we are adequately hydrated. In a world filled with soda, sugary juices, coffee, and smoothies; many of us seem to forget to consume this most vital liquid. Here’s why drinking adequate amounts of water will help take your health to another level!
We know that the average adult human body is 50-65% water. That’s because water is the primary building block of cells and of course we are made of trillions of cells all working toward the purpose of keeping us alive. Just think, when we aren’t adequately hydrated, all of these little cell workers are shaking their fists at us wondering why the hell we are making their jobs so dang hard. Dehydration affects our mental performance and physical coordination. Significant effects can be felt after being just 1% dehydrated; this is before we even feel thirsty which is around 2-3% dehydration. Basically when you’re feeling thirsty that’s your body telling you “Hey buddy what the hell are you trying to do to me!” To really put this into perspective, we could only survive about 3 days without water, making water consumption far more important then food intake! Aside from effects we are conscious of, hydration also affects the following:
- Aids in regulation of temperature
- Aids in metabolism of proteins and carbohydrates used as food
- Flushes waste and toxins from the body
- Maintains mucus lining in the lungs
- Improves blood circulation for heart and skin maintenance
The recommended daily intake of water is 1/2 ounce to 1 ounce per lb of bodyweight. I like to down a couple glasses of water first thing in the morning to ensure I get the day started on a positive note. Also, it’s a great idea to carry a refillable bottle everywhere to work to help remind you to get your drink on! Now that we know the importance of hydration in health and performance, making an effort to ensure we’re adequately hydrated should be step numero uno in creating a healthier, happier life!
-Howard Bowens III