10 Health Benefits of Drinking Water

Lemon, mint and strawberry infused water.

Last month, I did a drink-more-water challenge on Instagram and Facebook. The  challenge was to drink at least 2 liters (8 cups) of water daily. Like all the other challenges I have done, the mission is to inspire others to make healthy nutritional choices. Here are the comments from my Facebook friend Seivena and my sister Stacy-Ann, who both participated in the challenge. 

Seivena V Dennis I am delighted to have been a part of this challenge Peta-Gay, I have been drinking 5 bottles of water each day. I feel great despite the fact that I pee often😃😃😃 THANK YOU for the push… next please!

Stacy-Ann Barrett Great challenge Peta-Gay Barrett…I did it to the end, most days, even though I never got to post everyday it was a great challenge…my plan is to stach the challenges and eventually change the way I eat completely …so now I eat an apple each day plus shoot for 4 bottles of water ….next challenge plz

Special thanks to all the ladies who participated in the challenge and shared regularly.

So what if you pee a lot? Water is absolutely essential, meaning the body has no way of storing spare water, so you must quickly replace any that is lost. Water makes up between 45 and 75 of a person’s weight. Leaner people have more water because muscle tissue is almost 3/4 water by weight, whereas fatty tissue is only about 10 percent.

10 Health Benefits of Drinking Water

  1. Moves nutrients and waste between cells and organs
  2. Regulates body temperature
  3. Prevent kidney damage 
  4. Regulates blood volume and pressure
  5. Aids in maintaining appropriate ph balance 
  6. Boost skin health 
  7. Flushes waste from the body 
  8. Lubricates the joints 
  9. Cushions sensitive organs 
  10. Delivers oxygen throughout the body 

How Much Water Do You Need 

The Adequate Intake (Al) for total water, including drinking water, beverages and foods is 3.7 liters per day for men and 2.7 liters per day for women. This number increases to 3 liters for pregnant women and 3.8 liters for lactating mothers. Physical activity and sweating increase water needs. Therefore, athletes and active people need much more water, especially if they work or exercise in hot and humid climates. Keep in mind that the body’s need for water depends on size, body composition and activity levels.

Reference – NASM -Nutrition – Fourth Edition 

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