If there is no water, there can be no life.
(G. Pollack, PhD et al. “Water and the Cell” pg. 93)
Water is essential to all living things; in some organisms, up to 90% of their body weight comes from water. Up to 70% of the human adult body is water by volume, and 99% water by molecular count which was discovered by Dr. Gerald H. Pollack, University of Washington Professor of bioengineering and water research.
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%. (Source: H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158)
We are all aware that we should drink eight glasses of water per day, but did you know that’s just the minimum?
It is now recommended that we consume 11 cups (~ 3 litres) of water per day for the average woman and 16 (~ 4 litres) for men. It’s been proven that drinking the required amount of water each day is crucial for many reasons; to regulate body temperature, keep joints lubricated, prevent infections, deliver nutrients to cells, and keep organs functioning properly. Optimal hydration can also aid and support good health, sleep quality, cognition, and mood.
North Americans drink so many sugary beverages that they now find tap water and other waters unpalatable. This has resulted in a serious issue with dehydration. Even vitamin waters and energy drinks are loaded with high amounts of sugar.
Some ways to stay hydrated every day
Drink water first thing in the morning
We lose water while we sleep, in fact we lose about 2 litres of water through sweating and breathing. Upon waking up in the morning, consuming 2-4 cups (~ litre) of water helps to replenish what was lost and alos get you started off on the right foot to successfully hydrate your body daily.
Convenience is key
Always make sure to travel with a water bottle. Keep one at your workplace, in your car, in your gym bag, etc.
Hydrate in between Meals
Make it a point to drink at least one or two glasses of water one hour before each meal.
Drinking water before eating helps curb the appetite, which will prevent overeating and could help you lose weight.
Drink water that is designed to be more easily absorbed by your body; alkaline-rich water, loaded with healthy minerals. Avoid acidic water and tap water polluted with toxins.
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