Hydration

I’ll admit, I’m not the greatest at keeping myself hydrated. I’ll work out, take a few sips of water and be done. That’s not good, the body needs to be hydrated to stay healthy. We’ve all heard that drinking 8 glasses of water is the recommended amount per day. The only problem with that is everybody is different.

I don’t drink eight glasses of water a day. I drink maybe a cup of juice in the morning, a few swigs of water from my water jug throughout the day, and 22 oz of water at work. If I feel thirsty I’ll slam another 22 oz of water. But you can also get your hydration from foods.

Celery is 96% water and provides sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron and zinc. Watermelon is 95% water and rich in vitamin C. Cucumbers are 95% water and provides calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium. Strawberries are 92% water and rich in potassium. Bell Peppers are 92% water and rich in vitamin C.

The human body is made up of over 60% of water. Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work properly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate your joints. Yeah, that sounds like a really good reason to drink water.

I know people say they don’t like water. Or they have to have some type of flavor in it (usually lemon). It’s understandable that people may not like water. After all, there are so many types of drinks to choose from. It will do your body good to slowly introduce water to it.  Try drinking a cup of water a day as a way getting to know it (hahahahahahaha). Over time you’ll get used to it and may even want more water.

The bottom line is this; when it comes to getting healthy, there are going to be a lot of changes that are going to happen. I want to lose weight so besides working out I have to up my intake of water. Why? Because the body is getting rid of it when I sweat. I do feel better when I drink it. The best advice I can give when it comes to drinking water is find out what works for you. Your body will let you know.

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