We all have been told that we need to hydrate. Drinking water is so important it supports digestion, metabolism, physical performance, weight loss and even cognition. The human body is made up of 60% water and all that water is responsible for a number of critical functions including:
Acting as a shock absorber in the brain and spinal cord
Creating saliva and tears
Delivering oxygen throughout the body
Keeping mucous membranes moist
Providing cells with hydration needed for their reproduction and survival
Regulating body temperature through sweat
Removing waste products from the body
Choosing your water used to be as simple as turning on the tap. Today, bottled water is a $169.8 billion dollar market, and there is now a wide variety of waters from which to choose. Tap water Spring water Distilled water Electrolyte water Alkaline water Mineral water Sparkling waterS Did you also know that by avoiding soft drinks and alcohol, which are dehydrating, can help you maintain a healthy hydration level?
Tips to increase your water intake Eating foods with a high water content can help you meet your daily requirements. These include:
Consume a variety of hydrating fruits and vegetables to meet your daily water goals. Along with eating more water-rich foods, try these tips to help increase your daily water intake:
Carry a water bottle with you wherever you go.
Add sliced fruit or cucumbers to your water to enhance the flavor.
Download a hydration app to help you remember to drink more water.
The bottom line: Staying hydrated is critical to good health. Whether you’re a fan of tap water, mineral water, or the sparkling variety, it’s important to consume the recommended amount of water every day. Not only will it keep your thirst at bay, it will help maintain key physiological functions that can improve your overall health and well-being. Please make sure to check on the elderly and pets so they don't get dehydrated.