Why should I drink more water?

I know. You hear this all the time. "DRINK MORE WATER! - stay hydrated!" You're probably fed up of hearing this. But before you completely dismiss the whole hydration campaign, give me a few minutes to explain WHY you should drink more water. And then decide whether or not it's for you. After all, I find it's easier to do things that people are constantly telling you to do when you know the why behind them. 

water_content_body_450w.jpg

So. Do you remember in middle school when you learned that our bodies are made of roughly 60% water? Well when I started to really think about that, it makes a little more sense why the #1 thing we should be putting into our bodies is water. 

People who know me personally know that I can't go 20 minutes without some source of water. It's not hard to do and the benefits far outweigh any small inconveniences you may come across at first. Such as eventually learning where every restroom is located in any given area.

For those of you who like to go out on nights of casual drinking (or binge drinking, no one's judging [except me] ) - having a glass of water with each alcoholic beverage throughout the night will ABSOLUTELY, guaranteed, improve the way you feel when you wake up the next day. This isn't a scientific fact (although it might as well be), this is just me telling you from personal experience what I've found to be true. It also helps if the water is ice-free as it makes it easier for your body to absorb. Drinking warm vs cold water is a pretty big deal - you can read more here if it interests you: http://www.bewellbuzz.com/general/cold-or-warm-water-whats-better/

Another helpful benefit of drinking lots of water is for those trying to lose weight. If you can bring yourself to drink a full glass of water 30 minutes before each meal it will help curb any outrageous appetites you may have throughout the day. 

I'm not talking Vitamin Water by the way. Not Powerade, Gatorade or any "pineapple, strawberry delight" flavor-infused water. Just pure, unadulterated water. 

water.jpg

Do you get constant headaches? A huge majority of headaches are due to either dehydration or over stimulation from caffeine and sugar. Try upping your water intake and cutting back a little on caffeine and sugar for a week or two and see if it helps. And if it does - please let me know! I'd like to have some clarification that my ranting is helpful in some way. 

So how much water should you drink? Well - I'd say any increase is an improvement. If you're not exercising and losing lots of fluids, 3 liters for men and 2.2 liters for women is a good goal. 

Here is a great source for more information on water intake (and the possibility of drinking TOO much water):

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283/NSECTIONGROUP=2

And now - to tie it all together - a clip from my favorite comedian Jerry Seinfeld speaking about his lack of patience for the whole "stay hydrated" campaign. Sorry Jerry! I'm one of them. 

Posted on May 13, 2013 .