It’s all about your health…
No matter if it’s the dead of winter, the onset of spring, the midst of summer, or the crisp fall –water is the single most important resource for human existence. And yes, water can be a bit of a show-off. It not only covers 71 percent of Earth’s surface, but it also makes up about 66 percent of the human body. A person can live about a month without food, but only about a week without water! It’s also what regulates Earth’s temperature. If that isn’t enough, here are a few essential ways water helps our bodies…and some ways to spruce up that glass of water! We can’t not live without this valuable resource.*
A Clear Complexion- Like your other organs, skin is composed of cells containing water. Dehydration can result in skin that’s dry, flaky and wrinkle prone. Water helps digestion, absorption, circulation, and detoxification – all of which are important in supporting skin health and boosting your glow!
Brain Power- Did you know your brain is 73 percent water, so it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that staying hydrated offers numerous benefits, including clearer thinking, improved focus, increased mental alertness, and even a boost in creativity. If you have a case of brain fog, drop the caffeine and reach for a glass of water instead.
Increased Energy- Consuming a glass of water is like filling your car with gas: if you’re drinking enough, you can run all day. If not, you’ll be left stranded on empty. When you’re dehydrated, it’s nearly impossible for your energy levels to stay up. Dehydration can also result in headaches and dizziness – two unpleasant occurrences that have the added impact of making your energy levels dip even more.
Munch Control– When you’re dehydrated, your body can send you mixed signals, making you think you’re hungry when you’re actually thirsty. Drinking water doesn’t just help fight off a constant case of the munchies; it can also help you lose weight! Downing a glass of water before a meal may help you feel fuller and eat less.
If a simple glass of water leaves you wanting, you can spice things up. Choose from sparkling water flavor options or put the fruits and veggies in your refrigerator to good use. In the water, squeeze or slightly mash fresh add-ins to release their flavors. Extra Bonus: you’ll get added health benefits in the process.
Lime- The natural acidity in limes helps improve digestion, and the high vitamin C levels boost your immune system and fight inflammation.
Blueberries- Blueberries are rich in antioxidants that help prevent disease and keep your brain sharp as you age.
Basil- Basil can help ease tummy troubles as well as benefit your mental health through its antidepressant and antianxiety properties.
Pineapple- Anti-inflammatory pineapples contain bromelain, a mixture of enzymes that are particularly beneficial in post-workout recovery and for muscle soreness.
Grapefruit- Grapefruit contains disease-fighting nutrients that can protect against heart disease. Studies show it may also aid in weight loss.
TIPS FOR STAYING HYDRATED
- Where possible, choose water first. It can be tap, bottled, still or sparkling.
- Each morning, measure out how much you need to drink in bottles or pitchers. Sip them throughout the day.
- Take a reusable thermos/water bottle everywhere you go! This one is our favorite thermos that keeps water ice cold for 24 hours! Get it here!
*Portions of article reprinted from Magnolia Journal and Breathe Magazine