Water is a necessity for our bodies that most of us take for granted. Without water we simply wouldn’t exist. Essentially, water does everything we need. It makes up 60-70 percent of our bodies. It cleanses our bodies, removing toxic wastes and controlling hydration. Water also regulates our body temperatures.
One important purpose of water that is a little more less known, for lack of better words, is that it serves to aid the liver. The liver in turn, filters our blood. When we do not drink enough water, our blood is thicker and our kidney must overwork to pick up the slack. Water also takes on the task of transporting important nutrients in and out of our cells, and throughout our bodies.
It is especially helpful to drink plenty of water when exercising. As you begin to sweat, your body begins to release toxins, benefitting your skin. In this way, water is better for your skin, bringing out your best complexion. Drinking enough water while working out also helps to keep cramps away. Many people mistakenly believe that drinking water before a work out routine will cause cramps, however cramps are actually caused by dehydration. Drinking plenty of water will keep you hydrated and cramp free!
Our bodies are all different, so there really isn’t just one right set amount of water a person should drink a day. Generally, we need eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day, or roughly 64 ounces. If you don’t like water, try adding a slice of lemon or lime to your glass. Also all of the coffee drinkers should keep in mind that caffeine dehydrates the body.
One last tip is to be sure to drink extra water during the winter, especially when exercising. Your body has to work even harder when it is cold outside so give it a break!