The human body is made up of about two-thirds water, so it would make sense that we would need to replenish this resource daily to keep our bodies functioning efficiently. Most of us don’t consider how much water we lose each day just by breathing, perspiring and other bodily functions. Too little water can impair major bodily functions, such as temperature regulation, digestion and joint pain, to name a few. You may think you are getting enough water, but are you?
Water is essential to good health because it flushes toxins from organs, carries nutrients to cells, and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues. Without these vital functions operating effectively, major health complications can arise and have devastating effects on our health.
For example, cartilage, spinal discs and muscles consist of mostly water. These are necessary parts of the body that keep bones from grinding against each other with every step we take. Staying adequately hydrated decreases the chance of developing inflammation and soreness.
Additionally, without proper hydration, the amount and strength of mucus in the stomach lessens, which allows stomach acid to do some major damage to your insides. This leads to what we commonly refer to as heartburn and indigestion, and can also cause constipation, and in extreme cases, urinary tract infections and kidney stones.
Last, but not least, skin is our body’s largest organ, so it too needs hydration. A lack of water means a lack of sweat, which decreases the body’s ability to wash away excess dirt and oil accumulated throughout the day. If you want to avoid breakouts and premature aging, refill that water bottle throughout the day!
Our body interprets dehydration as hunger pangs. However, eating creates more work for your body, whereas drinking water purifies organs and supplies it with the fuel it needs. Hunger pangs, along with headaches, sleepiness and dizziness are all symptoms of mild dehydration, caused when organs pull water from stored areas, like blood, leading to lack of oxygen throughout the rest of the body.
Recent research indicates that drinking pure water, not juice or soda, is a key component of optimal health, and a lack can be hazardous. Daily intake depends on many factors, including your health, how active you are and where you live. Traditional advice recommends 64 ounces daily, but some medical professionals say it should be more than this, around 3 liters (or 13 cups) a day for men and 2.2 liters (or 9 cups) for women.
So, drink up, and let H2O rescue you.
Be sure to check out our complimentary hydration station in the Sapphire Room at The Merion. Our fruit infused water is there to keep you hydrated in the most delicious way!