I think we can agree: water is important. A person can live without food for around three weeks (although we don't recommend it), they'd likely die after three or four days without water. That simple fact alone makes it easy to understand the importance of clean drinking water.
But there is something you can do to ensure you're properly hydrated. Carrying a quality reusable water bottle is a simple way to ensure you're properly hydrated.
This holiday season, give your loved one (and yourself) the gift of hydration. Let me explain why this simple gift is so much more than water a bottle. We're going to uncover six ways the simple act of drinking water can make all the difference in your health.
6 ways drinking water can improve your life
Many people know that water makes up about 60 percent of the body, but most are unsure just why drinking water is so important. This replenishing beverage literally affects every aspect of your life.
Drinking water improves cognitive function and boosts your mood
Although the body consists of over 60% water, the brain is comprised of at least 75%. And that's why it's obvious how drinking water the proper amount greatly impacts several functions of the brain, including alertness, cognitive thinking, concentration, and mood.
If you feel tired or depressed, it’s often because you're dehydrated.
Drinking water improves your digestion
One of the overlooked benefits of drinking water is how it improves your digestion. It helps with nutrient absorption. In fact, although some vitamins are fat-soluble (meaning you must take them with a bit of food) others are water-soluble and require a full glass of water to be absorbed.
Drinking water fights disease and illness
Taking in water helps prevent a multitude of illnesses. It reduces the chance of developing cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, and kidney stones. It also helps you maintain an electrolyte balance, as well as avoid deadly hypertension and strokes.
Plus, drinking enough water can help you avoid headaches, including migraines and sinus headaches.
If you feel the pain begin, drinking a large glass of water may be enough to stop it.
Drinking water improves the elasticity and health of your skin
Although exposure to dry air is what generally causes dry skin, drinking water will hydrate your skin. Skin that's hydrated is thicker, healthier, and smoother.
Healthy skin reduces the external signs of aging, making you appear younger.
Drinking water lubricates your joints
Proper hydration provides lubrication for your joints, which reduces stiffness, as well as the likelihood of injury. As a result, you can remain active longer.
This lubrication also protects your organs and improves cellular function which turns back the clock from the inside out.
Drinking water improves weight management and boosts energy levels
Drinking water carries nutrients and oxygen to your cells, which boosts energy and activates your metabolism. It also fills you, which reduces appetite and decrease cravings, helping build healthy eating habits.
Plus, since it helps with digestion and waste elimination, it helps you regulate and maintain your optimum weight.
How to know when you're drinking enough water?
It's important to monitor whether you're actually taking in as much as you think you are. Although you do obtain some hydration from food, especially fruits and vegetables, the easiest way is to pay attention to the number of cups you drink and a couple of slightly subtle, physical signs.
The first way to assess hydration is to assess your level of thirst. Even though it may seem obvious, if you feel thirsty, you should drink water. Unfortunately, when people are preoccupied or busy, they often overlook these feelings.
Another way to tell whether you need more water is by the tint of your urine. If your urine is dark or cloudy, it indicates that you might be dehydrated and need to drink more water. On the other hand, pale urine usually indicates you have been drinking the proper amount for your size and activity level.
How do you drink enough water to meet your hydration goals?
So, how can you get enough water each day and in every location and circumstance? Begin by drinking a 16-ounce glass upon waking. Then follow that with another 20 minutes before each meal and snack, and then a last one right before you go to bed.
You should also increase that amount based on how often and how intensely you exercise. Add 12 ounces to your total for every 30 minutes and 18 for a 45-minute workout.
Now more than ever, it's important to be vigilant with our health. So this year, give your friends and yourself the gift of hydration with one of our 20 oz or 25 oz insulated, BPA-free, stainless-steel water bottles. Add a special touch with a personalized engraved bottle (get the details here).