We have all heard either a doctor, a parent or some poster say 'Don't forget to drink 8 cups of water a day!' but why? Well first off without water we would die after about three days. Most people know that our bodies are 60% water and its important for our health to keep hydrated. We are constantly loosing water through sweating, breathing or going to the bathroom and its important to maintain a balance of fluids. A maintained balance helps with digestion, circulation and regulating body temperature. When our fluid concentration is low the body goes into thirst mode. Cells can become shriveled causing fatigue, dizziness and weakness and proper water balance is needed to energize muscles and feel refreshed and alert! Kidneys are constantly circulating fluids and need enough fluids to aid in getting rid of what the body does not need. Its easy to tell when you are dehydrated, urine will increase in color and odor. A main source of headaches is dehydration, one thing college students know too much of after a night of drinking. Think of water like oil, its helps the whole system run smoothly.
Not only does water help you feel better but it'll help you look better! Water can help with breakouts and keep skin clear by flushing out all the bad toxins trapped in your skin. Without it skin can look dry and wrinkled. Knowing the importance of drinking water might help you choose a bottle of water instead of a soda next time and lowering your calorie count for the day! Personally I know how difficult it is to constantly drink water throughout the day. Water helps you feel full and keeps you away from unhealthy snacking. Some easy tips to help with that are just making sure you carry a water bottle with you everywhere! Camelback water bottles help me drink the most since you do not have to keep unscrewing the top. Try having a glass of water with every meal. If plain water is too boring for you add cucumbers, pineapples and lemon for a little extra flavor. Or even packets such as crystal light can help! It is recommended to drink half your body weight in ounces of water a day. Now grab some water and get drinking!