A lot of health and wellness advice starts with the obvious: “make sure to drink enough water.” As simple as this advice sounds, this task is definitely easier said than done.
Water makes up 80% of our bodies and every single organ, cell, and function in our body absolutely needs it. Gulping down water every time you feel thirsty doesn’t cut it, though. Thirst is not the first signal of dehydration, so if you feel thirsty then your body has been craving a sip for a while. We get hydrated from our food, too, so your daily intake of fruits and vegetables works to keep your cells hydrated as well.
The list of benefits regarding hydration is practically endless. As earlier stated, your body simply cannot function without H2O. So, when you provide your body with one of its most basic needs, you will see improvements in your digestion, your skin, and even your brain function. All of your health and wellness goals will be out of reach if you aren’t hydrated.
The big question is always, “how much water is enough water?” A good rule of thumb is to divide your weight in half and drink at least that many ounces of water each day.
Hydration doesn’t have to mean constantly chugging plain, room temperature water, though. Feel free to get creative and mix it up: freeze coconut water into ice cubes or try different water infusions with cucumbers, lemons, or strawberries. There are tons of lightly flavored or sparkling drinks you can try, and aloe water is a great option, too.
Our biggest request of you is to ditch the plastic bottles. Save Mother Earth (and your bank account) the hassle and buy a reusable stainless steel or glass water bottle. You’ll avoid BPAs and unnecessary waste. Bottoms up!