As I gulped down my last glass of water for the night, I got to thinking about all of the great things water does for my body. My favorite benefit is clearer skin, but water does so much more. I love to drink water; it is my go-to beverage of choice. So, for me, getting my ounces in is never a chore. For others, the struggle is real! So how does water benefit you, besides helping you achieve extra steps for all the trips to the bathroom? Is water really that important? How much should you drink?
Yes! Water is that important! (In case you weren’t too sure of the correct answer) Water is the basis of our bodies and bodily functions.
According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are watery: 31%. Totaling 60% of our body’s composition.
The average adult should replenish their water supply daily with 8 ounces 8 times per day. Depending on your medical conditions or medication, you may have to have a conversation with your healthcare professional, but the average healthy adult can safely go with the 8×8 rule of thumb.
Some of the benefits of water include:
- Carrying nutrients and oxygen to your cells
- Flushing bacteria from your bladder
- Aiding digestion
- Preventing constipation
- Cushioning joints
- Protecting organs and tissues
- Regulating body temperature
- Maintaining electrolyte (sodium) balance
- Regulating calorie consumption
- Aiding in clearer skin
Not all water is created equal! I say this because so many people I know have to add things to water. If you are one of those people, there is a good way to add flavor without compromising the benefits and adding unnecessary calories. Instead of purchasing expensive flavored waters, they always have more ingredients than you bargained for, you can easily make your own flavor-infused water at home.
Try adding any of the following to a cold glass or pitcher of water:
- Sliced citrus fruits or zest (lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit)
- Crushed fresh mint
- Peeled, sliced fresh ginger or sliced cucumber
- Crushed berries
Straight up, on the rocks or infused, how will you be taking your water today?