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What to Know About H2O: The Importance of Staying Hydrated

Jan 10, 2018

What to Know About H2O: The Importance of Staying Hydrated

Water is the driving force of all nature 
                              - Leonardo Da Vinci

Water, indeed, is necessary for life. While humans could survive for more than three weeks without food, water is a different story. 

The adult body is approximately 60% water, and every living cell needs it to function. Water regulates our body temperature, acts as a lubricant for joints, aids in digestion and absorbing nutrients, and then it helps to flush waste from the body. 

During these winter months of cold and flu season, water is especially important because it provides a boost to your immune system (Note: you can add hydration at home by using an air humidifier, which can help keep you hydrated while also preventing scratchy throats and dry skin).

We're a couple of weeks into the New Year, so if you resolved to make some changes to eat better or exercise more.....water is your friend! Drinking water can increase your metabolism and help you feel full for a longer period of time. It is also an essential part of an exercise plan to ensure you are staying hydrated. 

The most common recommendation is to drink at least half of your body weight in ounces each day. So, for example, if you weigh 150 pounds, aim for 75 ounces of water.  However, you should adjust that based on how physically active you are (more active? drink more!).

So, when it's cold outside and the last thing on your mind is a glass of cold water, how can you reach your recommended amount each day? Remember, you don't have to drink it all at once. Here are some tips for adding liquids throughout the day:

Beverages to Limit:

Now you're in the know about the benefits of H2O!