Cheers to your health, mind, and beauty!
By Kerri Kasem
You’ve heard the saying, “Location, location, location.” when it comes to finding a home. Well, one of the best nourishment options for your body is to simply “Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.” the next time you’re in a public place, watch what is around you.
What are people drinking? Soda? Sugary sports drinks? Double-chocolate mocha lattes with whipped cream and sprinkles?
You may see the occasional water bottle but, sadly for many, this is the exception rather than the rule. Some don’t know how truly important water is, while others just don’t like the taste of it. Maybe you are one of those people? If so, then it’s time for a change in perception.
Why is water so important?
As humans, 60 percent of our bodies are comprised of water, and even in splendid temperatures, the hardiest of people cannot survive more than a week without it, with the average person not making it past three to four days. Contrast this with our need for food (we can go for several weeks without eating) and you can see it is the most essential nutrient in our lives.
How Does Water Affect Your Body?
Nearly all of the major systems in your body depend on water. Water affects your body in many ways, including:
- Helping to regulate your temperature
- Acting as a lubricant in your joints
- Aiding in eliminating waste from the body
- Moistening and protecting tissues
- Diluting blood and other bodily fluids, enhancing flow
- Enabling the absorption of water-soluble nutrients
This is the simplified version of a more detailed list of physiological functions, but the gist is the same. Everything listed is important to your health, and staying hydrated is a good idea for that reason alone. The benefits do not end there, though.
How Does Water Affect Your Mind?
Your brain needs sufficient hydration to function properly. In fact, in the same way, your body’s composition is approximately 60 percent water, your brain is made up of a whopping 85 percent! That’s a big number, and rightly so. The brain requires water for the same previously listed functions, just like any other part of the body.
Without proper hydration, you will subject yourself to some rather unpleasant symptoms of cognitive dysfunction, including:
- Brain fog/impaired mental acuity
- Impaired short-term and long-term memory
- Mood swings
You don’t want any of that (let alone have time for it!), so be sure to take a few extra gulps to keep your smarts in good shape.
How Does Water Affect Your The Way You Look?
In the same ways that proper hydration makes a positive impact on your body’s overall health and cognitive function, it also helps you reach other goals, such as:
Healthier Skin – Let’s not go overboard, here. Hydration is not a component of some esoteric youth ritual, and water is not a magic potion that reverses natural aging processes. All is not lost, though. Combined with a healthy diet, consistency in staying hydrated still has a noticeable effect on aiding in the reduction of wrinkles and keeping your skin healthy and supple.
More Energy – Remember that list of physiological functions? If your body can do everything it needs to do, it’s happier. If your body is happier, your brain will tell you that you are happier. If you are happier, you will have more energy. If you have more energy, you will not only be able to get that workout in, but you’ll be looking forward to it. Just remember that you don’t just lose water in your sweat and pee; you also lose it with every breath. So, make sure you keep fueling up with more water during exercise. You can also try our natural energy vitamin formula from the Ageless & Healthy store.
Considering Your Water Source
Water is a wonderful thing, and we’ve established that you can’t go wrong with choosing it over a sugary drink. There are still a few more things to keep in mind, however.
In addition to further contributing to amount of garbage waste that we produce, bottled water also isn’t as good for you as simply filling up at the tap. Not only is tap water fully comparable to bottled water regarding safety, but you’re already paying for it in your monthly water bill. It can also be beneficial to your health.
Not only is tap water treated to prevent the growth of bacteria and viruses, it is also supplemented with fluoride; an addition which is well-known to help keep your bones stronger, and your pearly whites brighter by preventing cavities!
Save yourself and the environment some hassle, improve your bone health, and keep the moths out of your wallet. Consider grabbing that next glass of water from the sink, instead.
How much water should I be drinking?
As tempting as it may be to immediately begin chugging water like the booze at your first sorority party, keep in mind that too much of a good thing can be bad (Again, like that party). Remember, there is water in most of the things you ingest, including food. Approximately 20 percent of your daily water intake comes from food, in fact, with the other 80 percent coming from things you drink.
Never force yourself to drink if you are not thirsty. Learn to interpret your brain’s signals of thirst and act accordingly. Things like exercise, ambient heat, or vomiting/diarrhea can increase thirst drastically, and more hydration will be necessary. However, 8 glasses a day is a great number to shoot for on an average day.
A Toast to You!
Start today! Fill your cup with this knowledge, and start cleansing your mind and body with this beautiful, albeit neglected, crystal clear liquid. Take another step on your journey to becoming ageless and healthy!