Are you drinking enough water?

With up to 70% of our bodies made up of water, it is a vitally important nutrient and one which many of us do not get enough of regularly. Water plays many important roles: It helps to remove toxins from the body; it nourishes our body’s cells and enables many chemical interactions to take place. Water also helps to regulate the body’s temperature. Efficient waste removal is essential for a healthy mind and body and will also help with weight loss. Even if you do nothing except to increase your water intake, you will help your body to remove excess toxins and waste.

On the contrary, if you do not drink sufficient water, you will become dehydrated and may feel more tired, lethargic and unmotivated. Many of us are dehydrated and don’t even realize it. The next time you have a headache and want to reach for the Tylenol, try drinking one to two
glasses of water and waiting 30 minutes to see if your headache goes away. I bet you it will!

How much?
As you’ve probably heard before, you need between 8 and 12 glasses of water daily – even more if you exercise. To be more specific, take your body weight in pounds and divide by two – the result will be the minimum amount of water that your body needs (i.e. 120 Lbs ÷ 2 = 60 oz of water) daily. Of course if you exercise, you will need a bit more. If you drink coffee, add more water (2 cups of water for one cup of coffee).

If you are not drinking near the amount of water you should be having, increase slowly (otherwise you will be in the bathroom every 5 mins)! Remember…baby steps!

Happy hydrating!