The Original (and still the best)Thirst Quencher
What do you choose to drink when your thirsty?
The options are seemingly limitless. If you are in the middle of a busy day you may choose a coffee or a sugary drink. Some might prefer the sweetness and carbonation of a soft drink. For non carbonated beverage drinkers the choice may a fruit juice. Athletes may choose a gatorade or some other sports drink. But really the best drink to quench our thirst is good old fasion water. Our body is made up of 85-90% water so it makes sense to replenish the body with what it needs naturally.
So why is water often neglected?
One reason is many of these other drinks contain sugar and artificial sweeteners. Water does not, so people may find themselves looking for that sugar rush. Some might consider water a boring drink, while other drinks “taste better” and are more associated with party foods and memories. Those sugary drinks add needless calories to our diet and can spike our blood sugar. Not only can this pack on the pounds but can also lead to more serious concerns such as diabetes and increased systemic inflammation. Read how what foods to cut out and what foods to eat to decrease inflammation.
Water is essential to your health. Water provides your body with essential nutrients in order for you to stay hydrated and healthy. Staying hydrated with water allows your spine and your spinal discs to maintain proper movement and function. Your muscles and joints also benefit from water.
How much water should I drink?
The old though was that you should drink 8 glasses of water a day. This advice is outdated and really doesn’t make a lot of sense. First off how do you know how much water is in a glass? Secondly should a 400 pound person drink the same amount of water as a 100 pound person? Of coarse not so here is the simple recomendation that has replaced the old 8 glasses a day rule. The recommended amount of water one should consume is half of your body weight in ounces. To put that in perspective a 200 lb person should drink 100 ounces of water while a 100 lb person should be drinking 50 ounces of water a day. That amount should keep you well hydrated. Factors such as activity level and persperation should be considered and you should adjust your intake accordingly.