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Focus on Water

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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Kelsey McCullough
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Everyone knows that it is important for humans to consume water. Sometimes the health benefits of drinking water are over looked. Here is a how to guide to consuming more water and the science as to why water is an under rated super drink!

The human body is 60% made up of water. Water is excreted through the body in multiple ways: urine, stools, perspiration, and simply breathing. It is vital for the body to replenish water loss otherwise we become dehydrated. Dehydration is very dangerous and can make people feel sluggish, weak, and can potential cause fainting. It is important to consume water when exercising, if you’re sweating, if consuming alcohol, or if you are in a hot climate. 

So what is so good about water? Water is a great beverage because it is able to balance body fluids and does not provide any calories. Therefore people can consume water without worrying about gaining weight. Water actually has the ability to control calorie intake by replacing empty calorie beverages like soda. The body also can feel hungry when it is actually thirsty so by consuming one glass of water before each meal you will likely eat less. 

Water additionally keeps your skin healthy. Hydrated skin has less wrinkles and lines, and helps prevent pimples. Water also keeps muscles working properly which will increase workout performance. Water allows the kidneys to properly function, which then rids the body of toxins.

Increase water intake by:

  • Keeping a water bottle with you as often as possible.
  • Try to consume one glass of water before each meal.
  • Consume more fruits and vegetables that contain water.
  • Try adding fruit or vegetables to your water. I enjoy lemons and limes in my water, which will additionally add electrolytes.

Have you taken a sip from your water bottle yet??

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