- Necessary for optimal cell and organ function
- Helps maintain body temperature
- Removes waste from body (urine)
- Lubricates joints
- Aides in digestion
When is water important?
Dehydration: Once your brain receives the message that you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Need to drink throughout the day to stay hydrated.
o In hotter months, our bodies dehydrate quickly- we sweat more, and are in AC, which can dry out our bodies.
o Drink water before you exercise, as well as during and after, to maintain cell hydration.
o Bloating is what happens when our cells are dehydrated. Cells expand to try to find water molecules in the body. Drink water to shrink cells and decrease bloat!
o Alcohol and caffeine are dehydrating. For each serving of alcohol or coffee, have 2 glasses of water to replenish.
o Often our brains mistake thirst for hunger. This makes us reach for food (often high-sodium food) instead of water. If you are properly hydrated, you are lowering of chances of overeating .
o Having a glass of water before you eat a meal can help fill you up, so you’re not as likely to eat excess calories.
o When you eat out, most restaurants add a lot of salt to flavor and/or preserve food. Excess sodium is dehydrating, bloating, AND it will cause you to crave more salty food. Make sure you drink water to help rehydrate your cells.
1- Start and end your day with a glass of water.
2- Room temperature water is best because your body does not have to heat or cool the water before using it to hydrate cells
3- Many fruits and vegetables have water in them (watermelon, grapes, and lettuce are examples)
4- Carry a re-useable bottle of water around with you and tally how many times you refill it per day
5- Add lemon or cucumber to your water to give it some flavor.
By: Allison Wells