What to Know About H2O: The Importance of Staying Hydrated
Jan 10, 2018
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:
- Drink fat-free or low-fat milk, or other drinks without added sugars.
- Take sips between bites during meals.
- Have a cup of low-fat soup as an afternoon snack.
- Drink a full glass of water if you need to take a pill.
- Have a glass of water before you exercise.
- Hot beverages count, too! Try a cup of hot green tea or even hot water with lemon.
- Eat your water! Several fruits and vegetables have a high water content, such as broccoli, celery, spinach, tomatoes, strawberries, cantaloupe and watermelon.
Beverages to Limit:
- Alcohol can cause dehydration, so if you drink alcoholic beverages, do so sensibly and in moderation (up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks for men).
- Be aware that caffeine can also make you more dehydrated, so limit the beverages you drink that contain caffeine.
Now you're in the know about the benefits of H2O!