How to Drink Your 8 Glasses of Water

October 23, 2012 at 5:47 pm 2 comments

Some of the benefits of drinking water that are spoken of a lot are:

* Water frees the body system of impurities
*It invigorates vital organs
* Satisfies thirst
* cleans the body tissues.
*it increases blood formation and metabolism
* When used properly, promotes health and helps to prevent and heal disease

A number of people know the benefits but do not drink enough water to afford them these benefits.

Forcing your body to work with limited amounts of fluid is like trying to wash the dinner dishes in a cupful of water.

When you don’t drink enough water, the body must excrete wastes in a much more concentrated form, causing body odour, bad breath and an unpleasant smelling urine.

Water is an essential element in cellular activity in the body and cells only function properly when there is an adequate supply to perform their duties.Your body is made up of 60 to 70% water. Your muscles are 75 percent water. Your brain is between 70 and 85 percent water. Your bones may seem dense and rigid, but in their living state they are almost 50 percent water. Blood is 93 percent fluid.Without water you couldn’t blink, (as water lubricates your eyes.) You couldn’t swallow, (as water coats your throat.) You couldn’t perspire, or even exhale a breath of air!

Dehydration impairs concentration, alertness and short-term memory. It is also associated with significant increase in headaches, tiredness, impairment in reaction time, attention and coordination.

How much water should one drink to avoid the problems mentioned above?

A number of studies show that our bodies lose 10 to 12 glasses of water a day. We get 2 to 4 glasses through the food we eat so we only have to replace about 6 to 8 glasses of water.

One way to start is by drinking 2 glasses in the morning when you wake up, leave at least an hour before breakfast, have 2 mid-morning, 2 mid afternoon and 2 in the evening.

Some people find it easier to measure out the 8 glasses into a bottle and drink from it through the day.

Another way is to drink enough water to keep your urine pale

Remember

*NOT to drink with your meal, or just before and just after, as this causes dilution of digestive enzymes.

*Avoid drinking water that is too hot and too cold as energy is used to bring the water back to blood temperature.
*Chew your water, instead of just gulping it down fast.

* You can also team up with friends or family to remind each other to drink your set goal of glasses per day

So now that you have some ideas to help you drink that water take a break and have yourself a refreshing glass, cheers!

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