While you’ve probably heard countless times that you should drink water, have you ever been told why – a reason that goes beyond just saying that hydration is a good thing? If not, we’ve got some points that might help inspire you to drink more water. You also may already be set with confidence as to why you need more water, but you’re not sure how much water is enough. In this article, we’ll give you some more reasons why you should drink water and how much you should drink.
Water is essential for the body to function properly from the inside to the outside. Being hydrated helps your nose, mouth, eyes and skin to stay moist. Most of the Soybu team lives in Colorado; if you’ve never been to Colorado before, then you should know that it can get painfully dry here … literally. Bloody noses and cracking, dry knuckles are a staple during most winters. Add that with elevation and there are a lot of good reasons to carry a water bottle at all times. Wherever you live, staying hydrated is important.
Water also helps your organs function. It helps your body flush out waste and bacteria. It helps your core temperature regulate properly. And, along with these benefits, water, staying hydrated, “helps dissolve minerals and other nutrients to make them accessible to the body,” and it “carries nutrients and oxygen to cells,” according to the Mayo Clinic. So, without water, our bodies would not be able to absorb minerals and nutrients … that would be bad.
As you can see, water is absolutely necessary to live. Additionally, it’s also very important for people who exercise regularly. Seeing as that’s one of the five core pillars of wellness, we definitely want to highlight why you should be very intentional with your water intake. According to a Healthline article, “Water consumption helps lubricate and cushion your joints, spinal cord, and tissues. This will help you enjoy physical activity and lessen discomfort caused by conditions like arthritis.” Imagine going for a walk or run and having zero lubrication for your joints – ouch!
Now that we’ve really dove deeper into the importance of drinking water, let’s talk about some of the recommendations for how much water you should drink. According to a U.S. News Health article, “… half your body weight (pounds) in ounces is how much water you should be drinking each day, and if you’re exercising and sweating profusely, add another liter of water with half a teaspoon of sea salt to ensure proper electrolyte replenishment.”
In a SELF article, they say that other fluids, types of foods and a number of other factors should be taken into consideration when assessing how much water you need. Ultimately, they say: “If you listen to your body—drink when you’re thirsty, eat when you’re hungry—chances are you’re going to get what you need, or pretty close to it.”
If you’re someone who knows that you don’t drink enough water and you struggle to drink water because you don’t really like it, then it’s a good idea to set goals for yourself to help get you to reach your daily water amount. Consider carrying a water bottle with you wherever you go; maybe put a straw in it to help you sip more often – some people find that helpful. Also, if you’re not a fan of the taste of water, look into fruit-infused waters. Add some cucumber or strawberries to your water bottle. Whatever the case may be, making the effort to drink more water can go a long way in helping you achieve your health goals and improve your overall wellness.