Updated: Jan 7
Too many people still drink too much soda. And there is a very cheap and healthy alternative: water! It seems dull, doesn't it? But it doesn't have to be...
Up to 60% of the adult human body consists of water. Our organs, including our brains, need water to function properly.
Adult women need about 2.2 liters of water per day, and adult men need about 3.1 liters. If you eat healthily, 20% of your water intake comes from water-rich foods, like leafy greens, cucumbers, celery, berries, melons, and lettuce. However, keep in mind that exercise and exposure to extreme temperatures increase your body's need for fluids.
Did you know that dehydration can increase your cortisol levels, and, hence, your stress levels?
Water Keeps Us Going
Water allows our body cells to grow, reproduce and survive. It regulates the body temperature and helps deliver oxygen throughout the body. Water also plays a vital role in our digestion: from forming saliva, to converting food into components needed for survival. The brain needs water to manufacture hormones and neurotransmitters. And, finally, water is need to flush our system.
Did you know that dehydration can increase your cortisol levels, and, hence, your stress levels? This means that you can literally sip your stress away!
Spice Up Your Water, Spice Up Your Life
Getting to 2.2 liters of the powerful fluid isn't that difficult. Before every meal and snack, I have a large glass of water, and I always walk around with a refillable water bottle. Yet, I have to admit that it gets a bit boring every now and then. To spice up my water, I add:
A bit of apple cider vinegar
A few slices of lime, lemon, orange, or grapefruit
A handful of fresh mint
Freshly peeled ginger
A few apple slices
You can also mix things up! In summer I make large bottles of filtered water with slices of cucumber, lime, apple, and fresh mint.
Want to know more about water and your body, check out what the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has to say about it.
Best in health,