By Christy Yingling
What’s your Beverage of Choice?
What is clear, colorless, and odorless, a tasteless liquid essential for most plant and animal life? The answer is H2O, two hydrogen molecules and one oxygen molecule—water. Not only is water important to keep the grass in your lawn green and the flowers in your garden blooming, it is also vital in supporting human life.
Nearly 60% of your body weight is water. So when you become dehydrated (or lack adequate water), not only does your skin become dry, but the organs in your body don’t have what they need to do their jobs properly.
It has been scientifically proven that drinking enough water helps many medical ailments such as: chronic fatigue, allergies, depression, digestive problems, urinary tract problems, constipation and more.
How much is enough? It depends. The old ideal number of 8 glasses of water per day may not work for you. The amount you need depends on your weight and your activity level. One formula to follow as a rough guideline is to drink ½ oz. of water per pound. For example, if you weigh 130 pounds, you would drink 65 oz. of water per day. If you weigh 200 pounds, you would drink 100 oz. of water per day. You must also factor in your activity level and the temperature or climate where you live. If you are involved in sports or greater activity than normal, regardless of your weight, you will need more water. If you live in a dry climate or are exercising during a dry part of the year, you will need more water than you normally would.
Don’t wait until you get thirsty. By that time, it’s already well beyond the time your body needed water. Thirst is your bodies alarm system that something is really wrong. When you are thirsty, avoid drinks other than water. Drink enough water every day to achieve better over-all health, weight loss, and prevention of disease.