The Importance of Drinking Enough Water (1+ gallon per day)
March 6, 2019 By aleishasalazar3
Water is a healthy, zero-calorie drink that helps your body stay healthy and it literally keeps you alive. At extremes, you can survive for about a month without food, but you can only survive approximately a week (at the most) without drinking water.
Many people have a hard time drinking the amount they need throughout the day or don’t even know much they are necessarily suppose to. The recommended intake for an active individual is one gallon per day, it seems like alot but Proper hydration is key for optimal body function.
There are many reasons why you need to start drinking more water:
Water makes up more than 60 percent of your body and 90% of your blood, if you do not consume enough fluids, you become dehydrated which can lead to naseau, dizziness and headaches. In fact dehydration can affect brain structure and function. It is also involved in the production of hormones and neurotransmitters. Prolonged dehydration can lead to problems with thinking and reasoning.
It is important to be hydrated before, during, and after engaging in any sports or strenuous activity. Depending on the duration and intensity of your exercise in order to stay in top physical form, the American Council on Exercise recommends 7 to 10 ounces for every 20 minutes of exercise.
Drinking water helps to fill you up and suppress your appetite. In fact, a new study showed that drinking 16 ounces of water before eating leads to more weight loss.
Helps to Keep Your Body Functioning
Water helps to carry oxygen throughout your body and helps to keep your liver and other vital organs functioning properly. It also helps create saliva, mucus and even lubricate your joints.
Flushes out toxins and fevers/diseases
Water is a natural detoxifier that helps to flush out toxins out of your body and get rid of waste primarily through sweat and urine.
It makes minerals and nutrients accessible
These dissolve in water, which makes it possible for them to reach different parts of the body. Your digestive system also needs to keep your body flowing regularly.
It boosts skin health and prevents wrinkling
With dehydration, the skin can become more vulnerable to skin disorders and premature wrinkling.
Carry a water bottle for easy access all day long.Use a ThermoFlash to keep your water cold all day longChoose water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages like soda or juice. This can also help with weight management. Substituting water for one 20-ounce sugar sweetened soda will save you about 240 calories. For example, during the school day students should have access to drinking water, giving them a healthy alternative to sugar-sweetened beverages.Add a slice lemon or cucumber to your water. This can help improve the flavor and help you drink more water than you usually do.
If you haven’t already been trying, try to drink a gallon today. You want to be on top of your game at all times and water can help you with that! Remember how important this is for your overall health!