We NEED water to function, especially our brain

Habits to Healhty Blog Post 3

Daily routine must: drink more WATER!

Dehydration is a common cause of headaches. Our brain is telling us, “Excuse me but you’re running on empty right now!” It’s also a common cause of constipation. Drinking two cups of warm water upon waking can help hydrate AND jump starts your gut to get moving. Keeps things regular if you know what I mean.

Our body NEEDS water to function properly. We are about 60% water and our brain is about 85%, so it makes sense to hydrate as much as possible, right?

One of the most important functions that our body does with water is detoxify through sweat, urine, and bowel movements. It helps remove all the bad stuff out and in order to do that, we need to keep that water coming. Not enough water means toxins can accumulate and cause inflammation, DNA damage, chronic illness, hormone imbalances, and so much more.

Another important function is how water is needed for all things digestion. From saliva to digestive enzymes, it helps break down food and minerals AND helps our body absorb all that good stuff.

Even with the best organic, grass fed, pasture-raised, locally grown nutrient dense foods, not having enough water can actually impact your absorption of vitamins and minerals so… cheers to another glass of water!

The right amount of water for your body depends on a number of factors. How much do you exercise? Do you drink coffee or tea? What does your diet look like? Do you eat processed food? Do you drink alcohol or smoke? Do you have chronic illness? Autoimmune disease? How much do you sweat during the day? Are you on any prescription medications?

A general recommendation for most healthy people is half your body weight (lbs) in ounces. For a 160 pound adult, that’ll be around 80 ounces (or 10 cups) of water daily. If you drink coffee or tea, you may need additional cups since those contain diuretic properties.

It may sound like a lot of water at first, but our body needs water to function. It’s all about progress, not perfection. How many cups have you had so far today?

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