Water – It’s the natural and inexpensive way to keep the body healthy and provide your skin and hair with the moisture they need and the youthful glow you want.
Did you know that 60 to 70 percent of the adult human body is composed of water? Water is the main ingredient in all of our organs and tissues, as well as our blood. We need an adequate supply of water in order to keep our bodies healthy and functioning properly. That’s because water is the vehicle that transports oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. It moves waste out of the body and keeps our joints moving freely. Water even moisturizes our skin and hair, keeping them looking young and supple. A lack of water leads to dehydration, and even mild cases of dehydration can cause pain, headaches, constipation, and thirst.
Our bodies lose water regularly through sweating, urinating, and even breathing. In order to look, feel, and be our best, we need to replenish our water supply daily. It’s been said that we should drink at least eight glasses of water a day. That is a good rule of thumb, but you can also divide your body weight in two to determine how much water you need. For instance, a 150 pound woman would need 75 ounces of water a day. In hot climates and during periods of strenuous exercise, that amount increases.
Keep in mind that some of the water we get is through food and other beverages, as well. However, they often contain additives that have no nutritional value. For example, soft drinks do contain water, but they’re loaded with sugar. Sports drinks are also high in calories and sugar, but they do replenish minerals lost during exercise. Coffee, tea, and other drinks that contain caffeine also contain water, but caffeine is also a diuretic, which causes the body to lose more water than it normally would.
For health purposes, water is the best drink choice. It’s inexpensive, readily available, and has all the vital ingredients your body needs to function properly, without adding any calories or other ingredients. So the next time you’re thirsty, reach for a cool glass of water.