Water That Is!
We’ve all heard of the benefits of drinking water as part of a healthy lifestyle. But, do you really know what those benefits are and how much water must be consumed in order to reap those benefits? Water is your body’s primary chemical component and makes up approximately 60 percent of your body weight. All systems in your body depend on water to function properly. On any given day, we lose water through breathing, sweat, urine, and bowel movements. For your body to function correctly, you must replenish this loss of water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water. Deficiency of water can lead to dehydration, which can drain your energy and make you feel tired even when you have not done much activity.
As an active woman, drinking water is second nature to me. Since I do not consume soda, juices, or most alcoholic beverages, water is my primary source of hydration.
CBS reports that while most people know perfectly well that water is the way to go, up to 75 percent of the American population fall short of the daily cups prescribed by the Institute of Medicine – which, in medical terms, means that most people in the U.S are functioning in a chronic state of dehydration.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has made a general fluid intake recommendations based on survey data of 91 ounces (that’s 11-plus cups a day) for women and 125 ounces (15-plus cups a day) for men. Remember, these guidelines are for total fluid intake, including fluid from all food and beverages.
The benefits of consuming water are endless!
Below is a list of some benefits to keep in mind:
- Water flushes toxins out of vital organs
- Carries nutrients to your cells; water is necessary for the body to digest and absorb vitamins and nutrients
- Detoxifies the liver and kidneys, and carries waste away
- Responsible for the regulation of body temperature
- Internal moisturizer- keeps skin looking younger and healthier from the inside out
- Improves mood- relieves fatigue
- Boosts metabolism- aids in weight loss along with proper diet and exercise
The amount of water needed to reap these benefits depends on a number of factors such as level of activities daily, geographic location and illness or health conditions. According to the Mayo Clinic, if you engage in any activity that makes you sweat, you need to drink extra water to compensate for the fluid loss. An extra 1.5 to 2.5 cups (400 to 600 milliliters) of water should suffice for short bouts of exercise. How much additional fluid you need depends on how much you sweat during exercise, and the duration and type of exercise.
Those who live in hot or humid climate requires an additional intake of fluid. Heated indoor air also can cause your skin to lose moisture during wintertime.
Your body loses additional fluids when you are sick with a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea. In these cases, you should drink more water along with oral rehydration solutions, such as Gatorade or PowerAde. On the other hand, some conditions, such as heart failure and some types of kidney and liver diseases may damage excretion of water and even require that you limit your fluid intake. (Always discuss these conditions with your physician)
As busy working women, we often put our health on the back burner in an effort to reach our business and professional goals. At times, we are too busy working ON and IN our businesses to focus ON our health and well-being. It is important to make time for your health while going after your wealth.
Remember, your HEALTH IS YOUR WEALTH!
Cheers! Let’s DRINK TO THAT!
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