Water Is So Haute

The benefits of water are undeniable. Water makes up about 55 to 75 percent of the human body. Your lungs release anywhere between two to four cups a day and on a cold day they work over time. Your momma wasn’t kidding when she nagged you to drink water. She was actually helping you to live a longer, healthier life. Mothers are almost always right. Never forget that.

Do you even know what thirst feels like? Seventy-five percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated. In order to be considered dehydrated, a person must have lost 10 percent of their body weight in water. Unfortunately 37 percent of Americans cannot identify thirst, and often confuse it with hunger.

Drinking eight glasses of water a day keeps the fat away. A study at the University of Washington found that when almost 100 percent of their dieters drank a glass of water, they were able to shut down their late night hunger pangs.  The leaner you are, the more muscle you have, thus the more water your body requires. Muscle holds more water than fat.

Lack in water is also the No. 1 reason for daytime fatigue. Allow me to explain. It is 2 p.m. You are sitting at your desk and you hit a wall. You cannot stand the sight of your computer for one more moment, doing basic math becomes a chore, and you have become an instant airhead. It is because your body has managed to lose at least 2 percent of its water. How do I say this delicately? You are thirsty! Instead of thinking that you need a fancy schmancy coffee, or a designer energy drink, do yourself a favor and hit up the water cooler.

Are you drinking the right amount of water? If everything I just told you was not enough to motivate you, drinking a minimum of five glasses of water a day can decrease the risk of colon cancer, breast cancer, and bladder cancer. It can help with depression, sleep disorders, and even back pain. It will hydrate your skin and keep wrinkles away. If that isn’t enough, what is? Water is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Until next time my friends, visit RayleneBartolacci.com for more health tips. To health and wellness, salute.