Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Day 5- 31 Days of Health-Water, what's the BIG deal?

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We all need it. We all don't get enough. Some don't do it at ALL! Drink WATER!

Guess what I found out about drinking water. We only get about 20% of water from the food we eat. The rest has to come from what we drink. But how much should we be drinking? The Mayo Clinic has a great site that shows how the body uses water..check it out here.

They also had this to say:

Every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues.

I know this is sorta gross....but very interesting: The average urine output for adults is about 1.5 liters (6.3 cups) a day. You lose close to an additional liter (about 4 cups) of water a day through breathing, sweating and bowel movements.

10+ cups? Are you kidding me....that much? Who knew!

Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don't have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.

SO if you're feeling tired, it could be that you just aren't drinking enough water. We all know we need to drink more but how do we get the recommended daily dose?

The Institute of Medicine advises that men consume roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day and women consume 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day.

If you're looking for better ways to get water into your diet. Remember to fill up a reusable bottle before you leave the house and fill it up whenever you have a chance. If you want to drink a soda or coffee, remember to replace it with a glass of water.

I came back from a run yesterday and realized I hadn't drank enough water but wasn't looking forward to plain ole water so this is what I did. If you have some citrus that is about to go south....slice it and add it to water!

We are blessed to live where our access to water is abundant. It's free, clean and its one of the best things that WE can do for our Health!

SO Be Blessed-Lessed Stressed and DRINK UP! Gulp, gulp!

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