Often when we think about health or fitness, our minds jump straight to diet and exercise. Without a doubt those things are important pieces of a healthy lifestyle, but there are a few even more foundational pieces, and I want to chat about one very important, and too often overlooked, component to our health.
Yup, that simple / obvious / really Meg?
The average human body is 75% water. So you can imagine how critical being hydrated is to good health! Let me just ramble a few things:
- Even just minor dehydration can cause
- Lack of energy/ fatigue (water “helps cells complete important enzymatic activities which contribute to good sleep, restoration of bodily systems, and the production of ample energy to get you through your day.)
- Skin issues (Acne, Dermatitis, Psoriasis, and Premature Aging)
- Bad breath (water is responsible for saliva production, dry mouth = nasty mouth)
- Constipation (when your not giving your body enough water, it sucks every last drop from your poop, and when your poop gets that hard. . .)
- Muscle and joint aches and pains (ever had a charlie-horse?)
- High blood pressure
- Allergies (when the body is dehydrated, it creates more histamines)
- Lack of mental clarity
- Excess weight (water is responsible for the removal of toxins from your body, when we don’t have enough water to safely remove the toxins, they are stored in fat cells. these fat cells will not release themselves and their toxins unless they can safely be removed, with water.)
- Regularly drinking water speeds up our metabolism and makes us feel more “full”
- Being well hydrated slows aging, since your organs don’t have to work overtime to compensate for all the things mentioned above
If that hasn’t sold you, check out this infographic
Infographic Source: GetSkinnyBeHappy.com
Seriously, I could go on and on about all the benefits of good ol H2O.
Almost two years ago now I got intentional about getting enough water and I can tell you I personally experienced increased energy, clearer skin, weight loss, bloat loss, less craving, and increased bathroom visits (the last a very worthwhile price to pay for all the benefits 😜).
So how much water should you drink? A few rules I have heard are 8-8ounce glasses per day, or half your body weight in ounces (I realize those two suggestions can have drastically different amounts, in this case I lean on the side of “more is better” but any increase in water intake is a great thing, so do what feels right for you!)
Something I have found incredibly helpful in reaching water goals is a trusty refillable bottle. Those of you who know me know how important mine is to me (you could say Megan to her water bottle is like babies to binkies, millennials to their cell phones, drug addicts to drugs etc. etc.)
I aim to drink a gallon a day (like I said, the more the better in my mind) so I have a 32 oz bottle that I try to drink full bottle over 3 hours totaling 4 bottles in a day.
Another helpful tip, try to finish your water at least an hour before bed (for obvious reasons).
How much water do you drink? Have you benefited from increased water intake? What are your tips and tricks?