Water is a vital part of staying nutritionally healthy that is often overlooked. A lot of information available on dieting revolves around eating clean, detoxing, and what to avoid, whilst some of the most important elements that the body needs to survive are virtually overlooked. In a list of 20 facts on the importance of water, All About Water notes that around 70% of an adult’s body is made of water. Another interesting fact is that when we feel thirsty we have already lost 1% of the total amount of water in our body. It is vital therefore, to keep hydrated over the summer months, when it is warmer and you naturally lose more water from your body.
Aside from being essential for our survival there are many health benefits that water provides that are the better than any expensive green juices or treatments. Water is all we need for hydration and additionally fluid is important for keeping the skin healthy and stopping us from feeling fatigue. What’s even better is that, water is a lot cheaper and more easily available than skin care treatments that often promise the same. The best way to increase your H2O intake is to try to include water at every meal. Fitday.com also recommend replacing the usual mealtime drink such as a soft drink with water.
Our bodies gets fluid from many different sources including coffee, tea, fizzy drinks, juices, and food. Jamie Oliver is a huge supporter of encouraging people to drink more water as he believes that while we get fluid from many different sources, pure H2O is often the best way to stay hydrated. While fizzy drinks contain fluid, they also contain around 12 teaspoons of sugar per 500ml. Additionally, too much fruit juice can be damaging for the teeth due to the natural sugars that become more readily available when a fruit is broken down. Both Jamie and I recommend mixing water with pure juice to help you cut down on the amount of sugar you’re consuming, whilst still getting some hydration and benefiting from the nutritional components of the fruit juice.
Hopefully this has inspired you to increase your intake of water. If you always have water to hand you will be much more likely to reach for it rather than a soda. Staying healthy is about eating right, but drinking right is just as important and beneficial. Keep Hydrated Over The Summer and you will increase your health benefits in many ways!