Stay Hydrated This Summer
Summer is officially here. High heat indexes, longer days and hot weather. Which means it’s extra important to keep your body hydrated and drink water!
Last week I spoke with our Cooper Fit Wellness Coordinator (Cooper Fit is our internal wellness program for Cooper Aerobics teammates) about why water is absolutely essential to the human body’s survival. Here’s a few interesting facts about water:
- Water is the primary mode of transportation for all nutrients in the body and is essential for proper circulation. You’d be surprised how much water affects the way your blood circulates; 8-12 ounces can make an impact within a matter of seconds!
- Roughly 70 percent of an adult’s body is made up of water.
- Water helps to maintain healthy body weight by increasing metabolism and regulating appetite. I know I am guilty of thinking I’m hungry, but instead of grabbing a snack I have a glass of water and I am completely satisfied.
- Most people do not like to fast without food for too long (I tend to snack every 3-4 hours), but a person can actually live for about a month without food. However, you can only make it about a week without water (Warning: Do not test this theory at home!).
- By the time a person feels thirsty, his or her body has lost more than one percent of its total water amount.
- Water naturally moisturizes skin and ensures proper cellular formation underneath layers of skin to give it a healthy, glowing appearance.
- The most common cause of daytime fatigue is actually mild dehydration. Feel free to chug that water come 2 p.m.!
- Water can lead to increased energy levels.
The daily recommended amount of water a person should consume is eight glasses (eight ounces each) per day, but not all of this water must be consumed in the liquid form. Nearly every food or drink item provides some water to the body. While soft drinks, coffee and tea are almost entirely made up of water, they also contain caffeine, which can act as a mild diuretic, preventing water from traveling to necessary locations in the body.
In my mind, water is one of the most underrated things we have access to. Not only does it benefit our body, it is calorie free, too!
Pick a day this week and count how many glasses of water you drink. If you are reaching your eight glasses, great! If not, try keeping a glass at an arm’s reach and see if that helps.
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