H2O is so important.
Water is the most common compound on earth, the fluid that all life depends upon. It’s the one liquid we all need to live. Did you know that an average person can go almost two months without eating, but less than a week without water?
If that did not convince you, here are some more reasons to make sure you are getting enough water:
• Water helps to maintain healthy body weight by increasing metabolism and regulating appetite.
• Water leads to increased energy levels. The most common cause of daytime fatigue is actually mild dehydration.
• Drinking adequate amounts of water can decrease the risk of certain types of cancers, including colon cancer, bladder cancer and breast cancer.
• For a majority of sufferers, drinking water can significantly reduce joint and/or back pain.
• Water leads to overall greater health by flushing out wastes and bacteria that can cause disease.
• Water can prevent and alleviate headaches.
• Water naturally moisturizes skin and ensures proper cellular formation underneath layers of skin to give it a healthy, glowing appearance.
• Water aids in the digestion process and prevents constipation.
• Water is the primary mode of transportation for all nutrients in the body and is essential for proper circulation.
How much is enough?
Every day, a human loses water through breathing, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For a human body to function properly, we must replenish our water supply daily. One popular method of calculating the necessary daily water intake is the “8 x 8 rule” — drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day (about 1.9 liters). However, this number will increase due to climate change, physical activity, health status, and also for pregnant and breastfeeding women. A great way to see if you are getting enough water is to check the toilet. Your urine should be colorless or slightly yellow if you are getting enough water. ••
Catherine Gill is a registered dietitian and licensed dietitian/nutritionist at Wesley Enhanced Living.