Your body and planet earth: What do they have in common? Probably more than we realize, but one thing we do is that they are both significantly comprised of and count significantly on the same thing for survival: Water. It is probably the single best thing you can do for your body. But exactly how much should you be drinking? And what exactly will you gain from drinking the correct amount? Read on to find out.
Everyone has heard the drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day rule. Unfortunately, though easy to remember, it is not necessarily true. Eight glasses of water very well may be sufficient for you, but depending on many factors including weight, activity level, whether you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you may need to modify the amount, and drink even more. A general rule of thumb is to drink your body weight, divided by 2, in ounces. So if you are 140 pounds, you would need at least 70 ounces of water per day, modifying again depending on your lifestyle. A sure fire way to tell you are drinking enough water is to check that your urine is very light or clear. And remember- If you are thirsty, you are already partly dehydrated. Don’t let your body get to that point, drink up!
A great way to drink more water throughout the day is to make drinking water at specific parts of the day a routine habit, such as drinking a glass immediately when waking up in the morning and before going to bed at night. Drinking a glass of water before and after a meal can prevent over eating, and also makes your meal easier to digest. Training oneself to drink water before and after brushing teeth increases water intake and makes teeth brushing more effective. Drinking small amounts of water frequently throughout the day is better than gulping large amounts, as your body absorbs small amounts more efficiently.
The benefits of water are nearly endless. Whether you want better breath, asthma relief, or a slimmer waist, water will help. Water gives you more energy by keeping your electrolytes balanced. Drinking enough water even increases your muscular strength and improves your mood. Benefits also include regulating your body temperature and moisturizing your lungs, making it easier to breath. Your joints will also thank you for drinking water, as it helps lubricate them.
Do your body a favor and drink more water! Plus, one should realize how lucky they are with every glass of clean water, as many people in the world do not have such luxuries. For more tips on how to drink more water see here
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