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The Importance of Water
Written by Caleb Laps on 8/9/19
What's The Big Deal?

You often hear water is essential for you to stay healthy, but are you aware of the reasons why? Our bodies are composed of 75% water. Most of your water intake comes from drinking beverages. However, the foods you consume can also play a small role in your daily water intake. Continue reading to discover the benefits of water consumption and see some tips & tricks to up your water intake! 
Fights Off Illnesses
Consuming enough water can help prevent certain medical issues such as urinary tract infections, hypertension, kidney stones and constipation. For example, if you get an adequate amount of water your kidneys are able to rid your body of toxins. When you’re dehydrated, you become at risk for kidney stones because your kidneys are forced to trap fluids for bodily functions.  
Aids Nutrient Absorption
Water helps your body dissolve minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients. Then these are delivered throughout your body for use. 
 Promotes Healthy Digestion
Drinking water before, during, and after your meals helps your body break down foods easily. When you do not consume enough water, your colon pulls water from your stool in order to maintain hydration. The end result is constipation. 
 Good For Your Skin
Dehydration can lead to your skin looking dry and wrinkled. One way to improve that is to be sure you’re properly hydrated. Your skin contains a lot of water and the main function is to prevent excess fluid loss. 
 Energizes Muscles
Your muscles can become fatigued when you are not maintaining proper balance of your fluids and electrolytes. When exercising it’s important to remain hydrated. Drinking water in intervals during a workout helps replace fluid lost by sweating. 
 Balances Body Fluids
Bodily fluids help function absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, digestion, and maintenance of body temperature. Your body and kidneys communicate and figure out how much water gets turned into urine and how much to hold on to. Your brain triggers your thirst mechanism when you’re low on fluids. 
Recommended Daily Water Intake 
It’s recommended you let your thirst guide determine your water consumption. However, you should consume a minimum of 15 cups (3.7 liters) for adult men and 11 cups (2.7 liters) for adult women. These numbers may seem intimidating, but don’t worry! It includes the water intake from the foods you consume. Another thing to keep in mind is water intake varies by each individual based on numerous factors. Your geographic location, activity level, temperature and if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding contribute to this.
Tips To Help You Drink More Water
  • ​Eat more fruits and vegetables. They have a high water content which will keep you hydrated. (20% of your fluid intake should come from your food.)
  • ​Include a beverage with every meal and snack. 
  • Carry a bottle of water with you during the day. You’re likely to get thirsty throughout the day.
  •  Choose beverages that meet your individual needs & that you can enjoy. You’re more likely to consume more liquids if you enjoy the taste. 

About Author: Caleb Laps

Helping people reach their fitness goals is my passion. If I'm not helping you then I'm wasting my time. If you would like to learn more information about working with me directly to reach your health and fitness goals, (click here) to apply for a call with me. We'll go over where you're at, where you want to be, and create an exact game plan to get you there! The new you can start today! What are you waiting for?
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