“Water is the driving force of all nature.”
– Leonardo da Vinci
Why You Should Drink Water
Ranging from 50 to 65 percent, water is an essential and abundant nutrient in your body.
The variations come from your unique body composition associated with your lean tissue amount.
To highlight its importance, here’s a list showing water composition in the body.
- 90% of blood
- 70% of muscles
- 20% in bones
- 78% of the brain
- 85% of gray matter, a major component of the central nervous system
Other benefits of staying hydrated include:
- Helping to detox the body by flushing out the toxins that have accumulated over time.
- Promoting fat metabolism that optimizes the liver’s function.
- Helping to transport nutrients from the digested food into the cells.
- Lubricating the joint cartilage in the body to preserve joint health.
- Helping regulate and suppress appetite.
- Allowing brain cells to function properly.
- Helping boost energy level, reduce blood pressure, and alleviate headaches.
- Hydrating the body to keep your body parts such the throat moist.
- Reducing water retention in the body.
How Much Water You Should Drink
The recommended dosage for daily water consumption by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) is 3.7 liters (15 cups) for the average adult male.
Although that might be enough for the average person, it may not be for those who are more physically active.
The required amount of water intake daily varies on the person based on his body weight and water depletion (mostly through sweating).
A good general rule of thumb is to drink one liter of water for every one hour of exercise.
It’s important to note that food, predominantly vegetables and fruits also has water.
Quality of Water
Because of many types of pollutants including bacteria and traces of chemical residues, tap water isn’t a great choice.
Inconspicuously, bottled water might be a better option.
But it also has chemicals that are contaminated at the water source and leached from the lids or the bottle itself.
Glass bottles and BPA-free bottles are healthier options.
By far, filtered water is the most healthy option of all.
With a simple cartridge filter from Zerowater that gets below 1 ppm (parts per million) of TDS (total dissolved solids) in the water, you will always know you’re drinking high-quality water.
Producing 80 to 90 gallons (300 to 340 liters) of high-quality water, water filter makes it quite cost-effective.
This is based on the inlet TDS concentration of tap water from 200 to 700 PPM.
The more economical option is to buy a reverse osmosis filter system for your house since its typical filter lifetime can last up to a year!
By being hydrated throughout the day, you could notice a significant improvement in your mood, digestion, and mental acuteness.
If exercise is part of your lifestyle, your workouts performance will improve along with losing fat and building muscles.
Adopting to drink more water daily could be challenging at first, but the rewards and benefits are well worth it!
For extra flavor, add a piece of lemon or mint!
Start by taking small steps by having a water bottle close to you.
Drink every 30 minutes to build a habit.
If you drink when you’re thirsty, then you’re already dehydrated.
It’s difficult to overdose yourself on water.
Don’t worry about drinking too much because it has zero calories.
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