December 1, 2015 by Living Girl Living Foods
Did you know?
- Roughly 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is water-covered.
- The oceans hold about 96.5 percent of all Earth’s water.
- Water also exists in the air as water vapor, in rivers and lakes, in icecaps and glaciers, in the ground as soil moisture and in aquifers, and even in you and your pets!
- We have explored less than five percent of the ocean.
- The human body is more than 60 percent water.
- Blood is 92 percent water, the brain and muscles are 75 percent water, and bones are about 22 percent water.
- A human can survive for a month or more without eating food, but only a week or so without drinking water.
These fun facts may already be giving you hints to why we should keep up with our water intake. A major point is we need to make sure we drink enough water to aid in transporting nutrients throughout the body, it aids with digestion, regulates body temperature and so much more.
Our kidneys process 200 quarts of blood daily, sifting out waste and transporting urine to the bladder. Yet, kidneys need enough fluids to clear away what we don’t need in the body.
These are some of the main reasons why in my previous post about staying immune strong and mentally healthy during the winter & holidays consuming water is part of the game plan.Water may help with decongestion and dehydration, helping the body bounce back when feeling under the weather.
I am not saying to swap your elderberry and echinacea for water, but this is an explanation of why doctors, friends, etc also say for us to drink water when we are staying home sick or feeling like we are starting to get something.
Before I back into sharing facts about drinking water for our health I am sure many of you just want to know how much water to even drink. The amount of water people need per day is up for debate, like most things in life, but studies suggest adults need 9-16 cups of water. However this number varies depending on activity level, age, and how much water people are consuming in coffee, tea, or water-rich veggies and fruit.
Here’s how to keep yourself hydrated: Begin by drinking a glass of water as soon as you wake up, and 30 minutes before eating any big meal. This will help control appetite, many times when we think that we might be hungry it is actually a slight misunderstanding that we are thirsty our organs, blood, bones, everything inside is craving water. Even if WE don’t think we are thirsty!
Please get in the habit of keeping a water bottle on hand at all times. Buy a bottle or water pouch so easily fill up is an option. If water tastes boring, mix things up with a squeeze of citrus, create a water steeper, add essential oils. This is a cheers to YOUR BODY YOUR HEALTH with eat sip!
Other reasons to drink water:
- Aids with weight loss and weight control
- Can aid with preventing muscles from feeling too fatigued or sore giving that extra push when doing weights for example
- Water is refreshing, it can help us stay awake especially when there is an essential oil such as peppermint or if it is a citrus steeper
- Keeps our skin healthy, our skin is oodles of little pores that absorb and release things all day long
- Water is part of the cushion in our joints
More tips on how to get ourselves to drink more water:
- Have a friend, room mate, co-worker help you stay focused on your goal
- Buy a water bottle that is the size recommended for your entire water in take for the day. Use a sharpie and make lines with hour markers to help you keep your goal going smoothly all day long.
- Make a point of drinking a cup of water as soon as you wake up, a half an hour before each meal, and before going to bed.
- Always have a bottle you can refill within arms distance of you, keep more water around in your house then you think you made need to do.
- Any time you crave a sweet, aren’t sure if you are hungry or eating to hide an emotion, drink a cup of water.
I have a previous post with more tips on how to get ourselves to drink more water, this link also includes the most detailed water intake calculator I have personally seen yet. It includes the altitude of where you live, how much soda you drink, hours of exercise and much more.
I hope this article has found you all in good health and feeling inspired to keep up your water intake especially during this time of the year. Thank you all dearly for taking the time to stop by my site. Much love ❤ and raw power 😉 x Jess