Have you ever heard the saying, “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink”? Well, often we are the horse and the water is literal rather than figurative.
Many Americans would rather have a glass of soda, a mug of coffee, or a cup of tea than flavorless water. No matter how often we are told to “drink more water” it seems as though we choose the alternative.
Can you remember the last time you drank more than eight glasses of water?
According to Chicago Tribune’s article, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that “43 percent of adults drink less than four cups of water a day.”
How many cups of water should you drink every day? WebMD states that a general recommended amount is six to eight eight-ounce glasses (1 cup) of water per day.
This amount is general because water consumption depends on how healthy the person is, their environment and how often they exercise.
Why is water such a necessity to our bodies?
Drinking Water Regulates Several Parts of Your Body
According to the CDC, water consumption helps flush out waste in the body. It also protects, cushions and lubricates several joints and tissues in the body. It also keeps your body at a normal temperature.
It Replaces the Water You Lose During the Day
Our bodies are made up of 60 percent of water, it states on WebMD. This water is lost when we sweat and urinate.
Because of this, there needs to be a higher amount of water intake to make up for the amount that is lost throughout the day.
It Prevents Dehydration
Dehydration occurs when your body does not have enough fluid to help your organs function properly. When there is not enough fluid in your body, blood cannot flood to your organs which can cause serious damage and can be life-threatening.
If you exercise regularly, your body will need more than the average amount of water to prevent dehydration because you lose water when you sweat, which also happens on hot days.
If you are sick with a fever, water consumption will help regulate your temperature. If you are experiencing diarrhea or vomiting, drinking water will replace all of the water you lost and prevent dehydration.
It Helps Your Kidneys
Water carries along your body’s toxins and filters through your kidneys. If there is not enough fluid flowing through the kidneys to help get rid of waste, the kidneys compensate by trapping “extra fluid for bodily functions.” This can cause a higher risk of getting kidney stones.
It Can Prevent Weight Gain
Water consumption does not make you lose weight. However, choosing water over a high-calorie beverage can keep you from consuming extra calories that cause you to gain weight.
Tips to Stay On Top of Drinking Water
There are several benefits to drinking the needed amount of water but sometimes, people forget. Here are some tips to help you remember.
- Purchase a reusable water bottle. Be sure to get one with your favorite superhero, color, or pattern you like so you’ll be more likely to use it.
- With every beverage you drink, have a glass of water with it so you enjoy a tasty drink and replenish your fluids at the same time.
- Discipline yourself. Make a rule for yourself to drink a few glasses of water before turning on your coffee pot in the morning, have only water during one of your meals, or set a goal for yourself to drink a certain amount of ounces every hour.
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