Did you know that the 8 by 8 water rule, which simply means that you drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day isn’t supported by any scientific evidence? Although I’m not denying the benefits of drinking water, I want you to be informed that this is a healthy myth that’s been around for decades.
FACTOID: “Up to 60% of the human adult body is water. According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are watery: 31%.” source: http://water.usgs.gov/edu/propertyyou.html
Our bodies get water not just from the liquids we drink but from many of the foods we eat such as fruits and vegetables. But, if you don’t know the signs to look out for indicating you need more water here are a few to keep in mind especially during the hot summer months:
- If you’re feeling tired during the day water is a better choice than a caffeinated drink.
- Sipping on water may have a positive effect if you have trouble concentrating. There’s a study that found that your mood and your ability to think could be due to mild dehydration.
- Adequate fluid intake helps counteract the stress and strain of constipation.
- If you feel a mild headache coming on this is a good time for an eight-ounce glass of water.
- Saliva fights odor-inducing bacteria so if you are experiencing dry mouth this could lead to halitosis, also known as bad breath.
3 Tasty Recipes to Make your Water Look and Taste More Appetizing:
Citrus Water: Try adding a slice of citrus fruit, such as lemon, lime or orange to a glass of water or several slices of one fruit to a pitcher of water. To add even more pizzazz to your water, and to make it more visually appealing, crush a sprig or two of fresh rosemary and add it to the pitcher along with the citrus fruit.
Calibr8 Sparkling Mineral Water: This is a healthy addition to your daily regime because it’s a breakthrough nutritional drink mix designed to unlock your body’s natural primary antioxidant production. To prepare, gradually add a scoop of Calibr8 and mix with a spoon in an 8-ounce glass of Sparkling Mineral Water and continue stirring until the Calibr8 dissolves. If you don’t have any bubbly water on hand it’s just as tasty and nutritious with regular water.
Cucumber Water: If you’re interested in something that’s good for workouts, try adding slices of cucumber to your water bottle. It has a mild flavor and the green rind around each cucumber slice gives it a refreshing look. Also, it’s good for your muscles because cucumbers contain silica, a trace mineral necessary to keep connective tissue healthy.
Water is a liquid asset that helps your body maintain balance. Cheers to you when you enjoy your next refreshing glass of water.
The Clar8ty Team
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