Water helps fuel all of the major functions of our bodies. Drinking water helps improve your bodies ability to do work, to function correctly, and make you feel GOOD! The idea of life revolves around the same revolving ideas and principles on any scale of comparison. Water is reused by our earth to give life to plants and trees, and to us! As a living being of this earth, we need to recycle our water to our bodies too, constantly fueling it with a a bunch of water. Did you know about 80% of your weight is from water?!
Water exists in all major parts of your body, it compromises 92% of your blood, 73% of your brain, 73% of your heart, 83% of your lungs, 64% of your skin, 79% of your muscles, 79% of your kidneys, and 31% of your bones.
Water prevents tiredness, helps deliver oxygen to your body parts, aids in digestion, improves circulation, helps make saliva, prevents cramps, moisturizes skin, and provides fuel for muscles. The benefits are endless!
As you can see, water is important, so we should all be drinking it, all day, everyday. Want to know how much water you should drink? The rule of thumb is 64 oz. (or 8 cups) per day, but you can try using this method too which is known as a way to calculate your daily requirements: divide your weight in half, and this is what your water intake should be per day, divide this number by 8 to see how many cups this is, and always round up because MORE IS BETTER! For example, if you weight 150lbs… 150/2=75 oz/8= 9.34, so a 150lb person should drink 10 cups of water per day to keep their body healthy!
Tips on how to drink more water daily:
-buy a water bottle that you like
-carry it with you everywhere!
-drink a glass of water first thing when you wake up
-drink at least 4 oz. of water before starting a meal
-take sips of water after each few bites while eating
-drink a glass of water before bed
-if you drink a lot of juices, try pouring only 3/4 of what you usually pour, and make the rest water, as time goes by, make this ratio favor water more and more
-water comes from food too! Try eating more cucumbers, lettuce, celery, green peppers, watermelon, tomatoes, strawberries, spinach and other foods with a high water content! (http://www.eatright.org/public/slideshow.aspx?id=6442470873#1)
For more tips on drinking water, check out this page from eatright.org, http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/downloads/TenTips/DGTipsheet19MakeBetterBeverageChoices.pdf.
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