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Drinking water - Why is it so important?

Drinking water – Why is it so important?
Roy McCoy

Yes, I know. You all know about it already and maybe heard of it a few hundred of times from your doctor, mother, friends or whoever, you name it. But it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Our body contains 70% of water and pretty much most of the main parts of our body like blood, muscles, lungs, and brain contain water. Drinking water regulates your body temperature and it also helps transfer nutrients to your organs and tissues. You can detoxify your body just by drinking lots of water because it transports oxygen to the cells and removes waste. Drinking plenty of water promotes skin health as well.

Not surprisingly, drinking more water can help you to loose weight too. A lot of studies suggest that if you drink two 8-ounce glasses of water before breakfast, lunch and dinner with a slightly smaller portion in each meal, you will lose weight. Good news, huh?

Here are some interesting and useful facts on drinking water

Drinking too much water too quickly can lead to water intoxication. Of course, this only happens in very extreme cases, but it occurs when water dilutes the sodium level in the bloodstream and causes an imbalance of water in the brain. The recommended daily intake  is eight cups per day, but not all of them must be consumed in liquid form since all foods you eat contain some amount of water.  But one thing you should remember is, salty food or coffee (and ect.) can actually dehydrate your body so make sure to balance your sodium intake with water.

However, as I said in the very beginning of this article, knowing all benefits of something doesn’t always motivate you to take action. Here are some tips for you. For every cup of soda, drink 2-3 cups of water.  The more water you take, the less you will be craving for soft drinks. Always carry a bottle of water with you (huge cup, carrying water bottle, anything). Tracking can be really helpful. Make a chart and tick it off every time you drink a glass or bottle. Keep the chart filled in for 30 days to monitor your drinking habits.

If you want to save yourself the hassle, check out these smartphone apps.

1. Waterlogged (iphone- Free)

This app will keep track on how much water you take and apply it to your daily goal. It has a default setting of 64oz but can be adjusted to your personal settings.

Waterlogged

Waterlogged

 

2. Carbodroid (Android-free)

This is similar to the one waterlogged, only cuter. You set your daily goal and this app will keep track of  your water intake. You can enter how much water you have to drink and set the alarm to remind you.

 

Carbodroid

Carbodroid

 

There are many other apps for you can use to help you keep track of your water intake. TapIt water (iphone-free), Oasis places (iphone-free) and We tap(Android-free). So why not start now? Good luck to you all.

 

2 comments
PuneetTheGenie
PuneetTheGenie

So how many ounces of water is considered too much?

Betheny Carlton
Betheny Carlton

 @PuneetTheGenie Well, it really depends, your water needs can be vary for many reasons and no single formula can fit everyone. But it's safe to say a healthy male adult need roughly 13 cups (3 liters) of water and 9 cups (2.2 liters) for female. You loose water through your breath, urine and bowel movements but you also take water from food and beverage. So you can adjust the amount accordingly. :)