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The Importance of Water

August 29, 2014 • Health and Well-being

Water is a liquid that many people aren’t too fond of. It’s tasteless and therefore doesn’t give some people the “sugar high” they are craving. According to Abouteducation.com 50-75% of an adult human’s body is made up of water.  This water, according to the University of Rochester Medical Center, carries out six important functions:

  1. It transports nutrients to the body’s cells
  2. It transports waste products away from the cells
  3. It is a critical component for  body reactions
  4. It assists in the body’s temperature regulation
  5. It aids in food digestion
  6. It assists in joint lubrication

It is important for you to take care of your health and drinking water is one way in which you can do this. Here are some tips you can follow to help improve your water intake.

Squeeze a Lemon in Your Water

For those people who don’t like how bland water is, you can squeeze a bit of lemon into it. The lemon will give the water a mild flavor. It’s also much healthier than drinking artificially sweetened products like cranberry water.

Drink a Glass of Water When You Wake Up

This tip may not necessarily help you to drink more water throughout the day, but it is something that is important to mention. I had read an article once that said that drinking a glass of water as soon as you wake up in the morning helps to “wake up your organs”. We all know that your organs don’t sleep because if they did then we wouldn’t live to see another day. However, what I think the author was trying to say is that water is important to help your body get the jump start it needs to get you through the day.  Not coffee, but water.

Drinking water as soon as you wake up also helps to flush out your kidneys. In fact, the more water you drink is the better your kidneys will be able to function to eliminate toxic waste from the body. Last Tuesday, a presenter at a seminar I was attending said that many of us think that our urine should be yellow or brown. According to her, this is not the case. Your urine should in fact be very pale yellow or clear. This shows that you are have taken in enough water. So, if your urine is brown or deep yellow then something is wrong; you’re probably not getting enough water.

Drink Water Instead of Soda and Juice at Your Meals

After I learnt how harmful soda is to the body in first form, I immediately stopped drinking soda entirely. From that tender age I have only been drinking water and fruit juice. I only drink soda when I am extremely sick and need help settling my stomach. Adopting this practice could help you to drink more water and less sugar and carbonated beverages. After awhile you may even find that you like to drink water.

Exercise More

I hate exercising. I hate how sweaty my hair and body gets. I really do even though I like to lose weight and feel healthy. However, exercise is good for all of us. It helps our hearts to function effectively, stretches our muscles, and helps us to drink more water. After I exercise I can’t wait to drink off a glass or two of water. All of the sweating that you do means that you are losing water and toxins from your body. So, you have to replenish your water supply by drinking more water. It truly is a win-win.

 

I hope that this article will help you to change your perspective on water. It’s important for you to take care of your health so that you can take care of others. What changes are you going to make today?

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