Top 10 Reasons You Should Evaluate Your Water Intake

We all know that drinking water is important to our health… but knowing it’s important and actually getting enough water are totally different!


Our bodies are made up of 60-70% water and without enough water, your body can not function as well as it is supposed to!


Did you know that a person can live 30 days without food… but only 3 days without water!


A loss of only 4% of your total body water can lead to dehydration and a loss of 15% can be fatal!


That doesn’t seem like a whole lot of loss… to cause such serious consequences!


Did you realize that when your body is telling you to drink water or that you are thirsty that this is actually a warning sign that you're down on water… and on the path to dehydration?


You should be making pit stops throughout your day to enjoy a nice glass of water… even when you don’t feel thirsty!


So here we go.


Let's go over the 10 Reasons you should evaluate your water intake and ensure you are getting enough water every single day so that you can give your body what it needs to run!


  1. Water helps maximize physical performance


Drinking plenty of water during physical activity is essential. Athletes may perspire up to 6 to 10 percent of body weight during physical activity. Hydration also affects your strength, power, and endurance. You may be more susceptible to the effects of dehydration if you’re participating in endurance training or high-intensity sports such as basketball. Negative effects of exercise in the heat without enough water can include serious medical conditions, like decreased blood pressure and hyperthermia. Extreme dehydration can cause seizures and even death.


  1. Water Protects Your Tissues, Spinal Cord, and Joints


Water does more than just quench your thirst and regulates your body's temperature! Water keeps the tissues in your body moist! Do you know how it feels when your eyes, nose, or mouth gets dry? Keeping your body hydrated helps it retain optimum levels of moisture in these sensitive areas, as well as in the blood, bones, and brain. In addition, water helps protect the spinal cord, and it acts as a lubricant and cushion for your joints.


  1. Water Aids in Digestion


Water is important for healthy digestion. Water helps break down the food you eat, allowing its nutrients to be absorbed by your body. After you drink, both your small and large intestines absorb water, which moves into your bloodstream and is also used to break down nutrients. As your large intestine absorbs water, stool changes from liquid to solid. Water is also necessary to help you digest soluble fiber. With the help of water, this fiber turns to gel and slows digestion.


  1. Water helps with nutrient absorption


In addition to helping with food breakdown, water also helps dissolve vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients from your food. It then delivers these vitamin components to the rest of your body for use. Water is the number one solvent!


  1. Water Helps Your Body Remove Waste


Adequate water intake enables your body to excrete waste through perspiration, urination, and defecation. Water helps your kidneys remove waste from your blood and keep the blood vessels that run to your kidneys open and filter them out. Water is also important for helping prevent constipation.


  1. Water Prevents You From Becoming Dehydrated


Your body loses fluids when you engage in vigorous exercise, sweat in high heat, or come down with a fever, or contract an illness that causes vomiting or diarrhea. If you're losing fluids for any of these reasons, it's important to increase your fluid intake so that you can restore your body's natural hydration level.


  1. Water Helps Your Brain Function Optimally


Ever feel foggy-headed? Take a sip of water. Research shows that dehydration is a drag on memory, attention, and energy. It’s no wonder, considering H2O makes up 75 percent of the brain! One reason for that foggy-headed feeling? “Adequate electrolyte balance is vital to keeping your body functioning optimally. Low electrolytes can cause issues including muscle weakness, fatigue, and confusion.


  1. Water Keeps Your Cardiovascular System Healthy


Water is a huge part of your blood. For instance, plasma (the pale yellow liquid portion of your blood) is about 90 percent water! If you become dehydrated, your blood becomes more concentrated, which can lead to an imbalance of the electrolyte minerals it contains such as sodium and potassium for example. These electrolytes are necessary for proper muscle and heart function. When people are dehydrated they can develop lower blood volume which leads to lower blood pressure and this can make you feel light-headed or woozy when you stand.


  1. Water Can Help You Eat Healthier


It may be plain, but it’s powerful. In a study of more than 18,300 American adults, people who drank just 1 percent more water a day ate fewer calories and less saturated fat, sugar, sodium, and cholesterol, according to a study published in February 2016 in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Water may help fill you up, especially if you drink it before eating a meal.


  1. Water can help you lose weight


Studies have linked body fat and weight loss with drinking water. Drinking more water while dieting and exercising may just help you lose extra pounds. So when you decide you are ready to lose weight make sure you're getting in your water throughout the day so that you stay hydrated and do not have any hunger pains!



As you can see water is very important to your overall health and wellbeing! These are the reasons you need to take the time and evaluate your water intake to ensure that you are getting in all the water your body needs to function properly!


If you’d like to check out my water evaluation email me at hello@sunshinefunctionalhealing.com and request the water evaluation and I will get that sent to you asap!



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