The Importance of Water

Did you know that your body is comprised mostly of water?  About two-thirds to be exact.  And of these two-thirds, 95% of your brain, 82% of your blood, and 90% of your lungs are made up of water!  Incredible!  No wonder your body needs 64 ounces of water a day.  It needs it to survive.  Your body cannot survive more than a couple of days without water – it is essential to life.

Your body uses water as a natural lubricant.  It keeps things moving.  The more hydrated you are, the easier your body moves.  Proper hydrating can alleviate joint, knee, and back pains and can also reduce the risk of injuries and arthritis.  The water in our saliva helps us chew and swallow, allowing our food to move down our esophagus easily.  Imagine trying to swallow dry food – not very pleasant!

Speaking of keeping things moving, drinking enough water helps keep your bowel movements regular.  This not only prevents constipation but it prevents toxic build up in our bodies.  Staying regular also aides in weight loss.  Bonus!  Drinking enough water also removes toxins and waste from our bodies through urination and perspiration.  So when you are feeling under the weather, it is especially important to stay hydrated.

Finally, drinking enough water helps regulate your body temperature.  In hot days, your body sweats and when the sweat evaporates off of your body it produces a cooling effect.  When you sweat, your body is losing fluid and it is extremely important to rehydrate so you don’t suffer from heat exhaustion or dehydration.

Not only is drinking water important for your overall function and survival, it has many added bonuses as well.  Such as:
1) It promotes weight loss
2)It makes your look younger by improving your skin’s elasticity
3)It’s a natural remedy for a headache (since your brain is made mostly of water, it makes sense) 4)Makes your more productive and focused (hence your brain being mostly water… again another connection)
5) Reduces your risk of cancer
6) Gives you energy
7) Puts you in a good mood – when your body feels happy so you do you!
8) Promotes good health

My personal goal: Drink 64 ounces of water day.  I’ve never been successful in this, but I’m going to do my best!

Cheers!

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About Food4Thought

I am no fitness expert. I am simply someone who has found joy in fitness and nutrition. I am a certified group fitness instructor. I’ve been teaching at the local health club for about 3 years now. While Zumba was my first love, I have since added Total Conditioning, Bodyworks plus Abs, and Core to my repertoire of classes. I work with a personal trainer to help me reach my fitness goals that I cannot obtain through group fitness alone. This year I ran my first 5K and plan to run my first 10K in March. To further my knowledge in the fitness realm, I have begun reading Strong Women Stay Slim, New Rules for Lifting Abs, and The Body Sculpting Bible for Women. On my list to read next is Wheat Belly. I am always looking for new ways to further my education and knowledge to better serve the members that take my group fitness classes. Lately, I have started tinkering with recipes, buying healthy cookbooks, and finding easy, tasty, and healthy foods to make. Like I mentioned earlier, I am by no means an expert, but the things I share with you have helped me tremendously with my fitness journey. It is my hope that with these easy tips and recipes, that you too can make these tiny steps and see big positive changes in your life.

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