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It’s a simple fact that many people don’t drink enough water in the day, despite the health benefits. Modern lifestyles and the accessibility of a wide selection of sweetened, carbonated drinks has tainted the human palate and appreciation for water’s natural taste.

Here’s why you need to drink more pure water every day

  • Almost 70% of the human body is made out of it
  • It helps maintain the balance of body fluids. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.
  • It helps control calorie intake. The liquid also helps provide a feeling of fullness, which may help limit overeating. While dietitians confirm water itself doesn’t have an instant effect on weight loss, substituting it for higher calorie beverages, will help aid weight loss. Also, foods that are water-rich tend to be more filling and will help manage calorie intake.
  • It helps to transport nutrients throughout the body to the organs and also plays a very important part in transporting oxygen to cells.
  • Aids digestion breaks down food easier and softens your stools.
  • Firms and brightens your skin. The skin is an organ made up of cells. Skin cells, like any other cell in the body, are made up of it. The more hydrated these cells are, the better your skin will look and feel
  • It helps to regulate your body temperature.
  • Studies have shown that listening to the sound of running water or waves has a calming effect and can reduce anxiety and stress.Optimism | Longevity Live
  • Lifts your mood. When your body is functioning at its best, you’ll feel better and be happier.
  • It will counteract dehydration and help your muscles recover from fatigue.

So how much do you need to drink daily?

There’s an ongoing debate about how much a person should drink every day, and the general rule quoted seems to be about eight glasses a day. However, we all have different heights and weight, and men are also different from women. A 2004 study from the National Academy of Science refers to total water, which includes the water contained in beverages and the moisture in foods, to avoid confusion with drinking water only. The report suggests total water intake at the reference level of 3.7 liters for adult men and 2.7 liters for adult women per day covers the expected needs of healthy, sedentary people in temperate climates. “Temporary under consumption of water can occur due to heat exposure, high levels of physical activity, or decreased food and fluid intake.

Water and hot weather

However, on a daily basis, fluid intake driven by thirst and the habitual consumption of beverages at meals is sufficient for the average person to maintain adequate hydration. Prolonged physical activity and heat exposure will increase losses and therefore may raise daily fluid needs. Very active individuals who are continually exposed to hot weather often have daily total water needs of six liters or more, according to several studies.”

The researchers did not set an upper limit for water consumption in the study. More recently, health practitioners have been saying it’s better to regulate water intake based on body weight and that you will be your own best judge for this.

Create a habit

water | Longevity Live To help improve this and get you into a more regular habit of drinking pure water, we suggest you keep a bottle of water filled on hand, at your work desk, in your car, at the gym, in meetings, and even next to your bed. Also, adding a little mint, lemon, or ginger (natural) from time to time may help flavor your water naturally without any caloric effect or compromising the health benefits of water.

Finally, starting your day by drinking a hot glass of water and lemon is a great way to set your metabolism up positively for the day and balance your body.

After all “pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine.” ~Slovakian Proverb

Want to know more?

Learn more about the power of water and how it can help reduce stress. Follow the link to read more about how cold water can boost your longevity. 

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Gisèle Wertheim Aymes

Gisèle is the owner of the Longevity brand and a self-proclaimed health hedonist. When she is not working, you'll find in her in a yoga class or active in the great outdoors. Gisèle is passionate about health and sharing information. You can follow her @giselewaymes on Twitter and Instagram or read her Linked-In profile for full bio details.

The content in this editorial is for general information only and is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. For more information on your medical condition and treatment options, speak to your healthcare professional.

One Comment

  • kae says:

    “pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine.”

    pure water can cause nutritional deficiency because of the lack of magnesium and calcium. Also, pure water increases diuresis (need to pee), and elimination of electrolytes.

    mineral water would be better.