Updated: Apr 16
Hey Love, peace and blessings to you!
Would you like beautiful glowing skin like this sister, hunty?! Drink more water! Drinking water helps your skin become more supple, smooth, and plump! Yaaaasss!
Think you're predisposed to arthritis- or have you started seeing the early signs? Did you know that an extra glass of water a day is probably what you need to keep arthritis at bay by keeping your joints well lubricated?
Perhaps you've been trying to lose weight without success! Did you know that you can burn calories faster and lose some pounds more quickly by drinking the recommended water capacity per day?
Water truly does give life!
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There's no denying that I find the topic of water most refreshing - given the number of times I discuss the topic each week. There are so many benefits of drinking water than anyone would care to list anywhere. It's very understandable when you consider that water is an essential mineral on the planet. We're often told that the average human being can live without food for almost one month, but not beyond one week without water. Chances are all those "interesting positive facts" you've been reading around about water are all true because of the excellent role water plays in human life.
To start us off, here are some of the main benefits of water:
Water protects all the sensitive areas of your body, including the spinal cord, tissues, and joints.
Can you remember how it felt the last time your eyes, mouth, or nose got dry? That's the same effect that edges closer to your joints and tissues each day you drink less water than you should. Water keeps all these areas in your body moist, and ensuring you stay hydrated means that you're actively retaining optimum moisture levels in all the sensitive regions of your body, including your brain, bones, and blood. This also helps keep your spinal cord well protected from injury and lubricates and cushions your joints from friction or injury.
Water helps with digestion.
What if I told you that most of your food has been going to waste if you've not been drinking enough water? I know it sounds crazy, but it's true. Water is an essential component of your digestive system because it breaks down the food you eat, which allows the nutrients from the food to get absorbed by your body. When you drink water, your intestines absorb it and use it to break down food.
Water enables your body to remove waste.
Without water, processes like urination and perspiration would not be possible. According to the National Kidney Foundation, water helps your kidneys get rid of waste from your blood and keeps the blood vessels connected to the kidneys open and clean. On the other hand, the University of Rochester Medical Center asserts that water is one of the most critical components in preventing constipation.
Water keeps your brain functioning at optimum levels.
Do you ever feel foggy, mentally tired, and unable to concentrate? If so, then you may suffer from dehydration. According to research conducted on men in 2019, dehydration causes memory and attention problems, as well as low energy and fatigue. This makes a lot of sense when you consider that an average brain is 75 percent water. Water increases electrolyte balance in the body (including the brain) to help it function optimally.
So, how much water should you drink per day?
I have come to realize that studies increasingly produce varying recommendations each year; nonetheless, your water needs as a person depend on several factors, which include your level of physical activity, gender, and location (weather, temperature, and such).
For instance, as a healthy adult who resides in a temperate climate, the National Academics of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine suggests that you take:
3.7 liters (15.5 cups) per day if you are a man
2.7 liters (11.5 cups) per day if you are a woman
You, however, need to note that these recommendations cover fluids from food and other beverages. Up to 20 percent of your daily fluid intake comes from food - it makes things easier. I tend to drink more water and fresh coconut water directly from the tree when I travel to tropical climates like Nigeria, Jamaica, and Ghana.
Like you probably, I had for quite a while wondered what happened to the standard advice to take at least eight glasses of water per day - but I realized that the advice is just a goal, a reasonable goal that's generally easy to remember. Since we are all different, we have different water needs, so some of us will find drinking more than eight glasses enough and others less than eight enough.
I tend to drink more water depending on how much work and time I put into my exercises or where I am (the environment), but of course, I try to keep the eight glasses goal in mind no matter what.
I have to admit that I'm not too fond of the bland taste of water in some cases, and there's a high chance that you don't like it as well. Here's what I do: I add natural taste enhancers, such as fresh fruit. In most cases, I use lemons, oranges, and limes - although you can also use watermelon, raspberries or strawberries, mint, and cucumber.
All you need is to crush and add in pieces or squeeze in the juice to your water and enjoy the new taste.
Here's a sample cucumber recipe that I also enjoy after a heart-pumping, sweat dropping Zukossa Heat workout that you might want to try out:
2 cucumbers, sliced
8 cups of water
½ teaspoon of sea salt (optional)
Add the cucumbers and salt to a jar.
Add the water and stir for a few minutes.
Cover and cool for four hours or overnight.
I also try to make my water bubbly by going for naturally effervescent water. You can also try bubble seltzer or carbonated water.
Other options that I enjoy include:
Drinking hot water through the day! Keeps me warm and happy
Drinking homemade, natural teas without sugar
Adding fruit flavored ice cubes to water
Drinking bone and vegetable broths
Water is life; do whatever you can to get as much of it into your system each day as possible! YYYYYaaaaasss! Drink more water, hunty!
Dr. J and Celeste
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