"How much water should I drink?" - The Health Benefits of Water
We've all heard the old adage “drink eight glasses of water a day", but there is a new school of thought that says we’re not all built the same and that rule of thumb may no longer apply for how much water you should drink.
Water – your body's most important nutrient – has endless health benefits. It’s involved in every single bodily function and makes up 70-75% of your total body weight. Water helps maintain proper body temperature, metabolize body fat, aids in digestion, lubricates and cushions organs, transports nutrients, and flushes toxins from your body.
The new calculation for determining how much water to drink each day in order to get all the health benefits of water is based on your weight. You should drink half of your body weight, in ounces, daily. For example, a 160-pound person should drink at least 80 ounces of water per day. However, this is just the bare minimum amount of water you should drink to facilitate your normal body processes. If you live in a dry climate or work out for over an hour, you should increase your intake to prevent dehydration and truly reap the health benefits of water.
When dehydrated, your body steals water from vital organs and systems including digestion, elimination, immune system and the central nervous system, making it harder for those crucial processes to function. Here at The Spa at Paradise Point, we challenge you to make a list of your health issues – acne, overweight, muscle fatigue, irregular bowels, whatever. Then, for every day for 3 straight weeks, consume the proper amount of water you should drink. After 3 weeks, you should see those symptoms improve by at least half. Oh, the wonderful power of water!
“Water is the only drink for a wise man.” - Henry David Thoreau