Most people walk around dehydrated and don’t even know it. Water is the perfect fluid replacement.
- regulates body temperature
- carries nutrients and oxygen to the cells
- cushions joints
- protects organs and tissues
- removes toxins
- maintains strength and endurance
Water makes up 92% of you blood and plasma and 50 % of everything else in the body.
Most people don’t drink enough water, but fill their bodies with coffee, soda, frappuccinos, Gatorade, etc.
People who think it’s nothing to down a 32 oz. Big Gulp of Coke cringe at drinking 8 glasses of water a day. But you must replenish your body with water throughout the day because fluids in urine eliminate waste products.
Okay, so now you know the importance of water…but how much should you drink?
You should drink one half of your body weight in ounces of water EVERY day. This does not include tea, coffee, soda, wine or juice.
Example: a 150 pound person will need to drink 75 ounces of water each day.
Often we hear “If I drink that much water, I’ll be in the bathroom all day.” Yes, you will visit the restroom more often when you are well hydrated, but is that so bad? The body needs plenty of water, and if we don’t get it, we settle for “less than best” health.
According to F. Batmanghelidj, M.D., author of You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty!, “every 24 hours the body recycles the equivalent of forty thousand glasses of water to maintain its normal physiological functions.” Do you think you are different and your body doesn’t need water throughout the day? You are wrong.
Measure out your water at the beginning of every day….and drink up!