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"THE H2O IN YOU - WHY IS HYDRATION SO ESSENTIAL?"


At the outset of this article, I'm warning readers that you will no doubt have a strong urge to reach for a glass of water, so you may wish to get one right now and be prepared! Ha! Seriously, when you read this, you WILL be just as motivated as I am! Did you know that up to 60% of the human body is water?! Here is how it breaks down!

  • Our brain and heart are 73% water

  • Our lungs are 83% water

  • Our skin is 64% water

  • Our muscles and kidneys are 79% water

  • Our bones are 31% water

Seeing these numbers, we must acknowledge that hydrating is essential to our well-being. Our very cells are full of water. Water enables our bodies to dissolve substances that allow our cells to utilize life-sustaining chemicals, nutrients, and minerals. Water also transports nourishing oxygen, carbohydrates, and proteins via the bloodstream. Ultimately the body must rid itself of waste, and what transports it through and out of the body? Water. So, how much H20 should we be drinking a day? According to government science agency USGS, "Generally, an adult male needs about 3 liters (3.2 quarts) per day while an adult female needs about 2.2 liters (2.3 quarts) per day." Translating that liter-talk into cups, an average man would need to ingest approximately 13 cups and a woman 9 cups daily. On average, we consume about 20% of our water from food, so at the very minimum, men should be drinking a little over 10 cups and women a little over 7 cups. I simply tell my clients that a good rule of thumb is to drink half your weight in ounces daily. For example: If someone weighed 150 lbs, they should consume at least 75 ounces daily. We know our body is made of this life-sustaining liquid, but why do we need to drink so much? In short, the body uses it for just about every function!

  • Water is possibly the most crucial factor when it comes to digestion. Drinking it before, during, and after a meal will help our body break down the food we eat more efficiently, digest better, and benefit more from nutrition.

  • We need water to sweat, urinate, and have a bowel movement. Sweat regulates our body temperature, and we MUST replenish it, or our strength, power, and endurance can be affected. Not to mention we can get very ill and even die if we don't rehydrate.

  • Water helps lubricate tissues, our spinal cord, and joints which helps us stay active and not have such discomfort after physical activity. It also helps our skin stay hydrated and even might promote collagen production.

  • Water affects our mood. Have you have felt fatigued, confused, or anxious and realized you were just dehydrated? Studies indicate that not drinking enough water can negatively affect our short-term memory, alertness, and focus.

  • Another fantastic benefit of water is that it even helps us lose weight and boost energy. One study found that drinking 500 milliliters (2 cups) of water boosted the metabolic rate by 30 percent and lasted an hour! By drinking pure water, you are also NOT consuming calories, chemicals, and sugar that you would with sodas, energy drinks, loaded coffees, and sweetened "vitamin" waters.

Hydrating can help us fend off illnesses and conditions such as kidney stones, some types of asthma, urinary tract infections, hypertension, constipation, swelling in the brain, and seizures. Since it can help so much with our overall health and well-being, why not make it a goal to hydrate well? Plan by measuring out your daily intake goal of water and trying to get at least half down by lunchtime. Note what your symptoms are before you do this and note what they are at the end of the month. See if you've improved. I bet you will! Keep me posted, I'd love to hear! Happy hydrating! Warm Regards,


Tracy Abraham, President of Amplify Health & Wellness

Board-certified Holistic Health Practitioner (BCHHP), CBT, CNHP

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