WATER IS THE ESSENTIAL building block of all life. Every one of your cells has water in it. Your job is to drink H2O (the chemical term for water) to keep all systems afloat! Here are a few of the good things water does:
- It gives your skin a beautiful glow and helps fight acne.
- It keeps the blood flowing in your system.
- It helps you maintain a healthy weight.
- It replenishes body fluids lost from normal sweating, urinating, and exercising.
- It helps you get rid of any toxins in your system.
The rule that you should drink six to eight (eight-ounce) glasses of water a day is a general guideline to go by, but don’t wait until your throat is parched to have your first sip. The best way to stay hydrated is to drink small amounts of water throughout the day. With all the stylish and eco-friendly water bottles on the market, you have no excuse not to drink up!
You lose water through sweat and urination. When you exercise heavily or it’s really hot out, drink more than normal to make sure you replace fluids you lose. And did you know that you lose a glass of water while you sleep? When you wake up each morning, drink an eight-ounce glass of water and you’ll start the day completely hydrated.
Lots of foods that you already eat have water in them—lettuce, celery, and juicy fruits such as peaches and watermelon are just a few of many examples. A normal diet has about four cups of water in it, which means that by eating you are halfway to getting your daily quota.
You don’t need to drink plain water to get enough H2O. And if you don’t like plain water, add a squeeze of fresh lemon or orange for some added—healthy—flavor! But any liquid you drink —such as juice, milk, or tea—has water in it and will help you get to your necessary total.