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‘What do you consider the most vital part of your daily routine?’ This is the most common question I find myself being asked by my followers. You would think my response would be something obvious like; following my diet, or weight training before cardio. Although those two things are important in my daily regiment, most of you will be surprised by my actual answer. Water – that’s right, I consider water to be the most vital part of my day.

I personally drink at least 5L of water each and every day. From the moment I open my eyes in the morning to the minute I crawl back into my bed at night, I am constantly drinking water. I have a pink 1L jug that I carry with me pretty much everywhere. Weather I’m at home, in the gym or at work, I make it a point to have a drink everytime I walk by it.

Studies show that the human body of a health adult is composed of approximately 50% – 65% water, typically averaging in most between 57% – 60%. These figures vary depending on gender and level of physical health, research shows that fatty tissue contains less water content than that of lean tissue. Typically the heart and brain of a health adult are composed of 73% water, lungs are composed of 83% water and muscles and kidneys are 79% water. Human skin is composed of 64% water and believe it or not even our bones contain 31% water. On the other hand the body of an infant at birth is composed of up to 79% water. Generally from the time we are born until old age, the amount of water in our bodies decreases over time.

Seeing the figures and percentages displayed above is a clear indication of the importance in daily water consumption. However if you need more convincing, the following facts are sure to blow your mind!

First off, a constant supply of water is especially important in aiding our digestive system. Drinking water during or after a meal helps break down food so that our bodies are able to absorb the nutrients. Water is also a natural stool softener which is helpful in preventing constipation and keeping your bowel functions regular. Water also plays a key role in keeping you healthy by flushing out toxins from your body. As I mentioned above our bodies are composed of 79% water. The kidneys eliminate toxins and waste products from our blood and urine. If you aren’t consuming enough water your kidneys will not have enough fluids to properly function. If you are not properly hydrated toxins are not flushed out through the bladder, when toxins are not flushed, your body will hold onto them. In this case the salts, minerals and other substances in the urine can stick together forming kidney stones. On top of preventing kidney stones consuming plenty of water helps fight against flus and colds. It also aids in fighting against cancer and other ailments like heart attacks.

Drinking water is an easy and effective way to boost your immune system. Blood is composed mostly of water and helps to carry oxygen to all the different cells in our body. Oxygen enters the body when we breathe, it is then transported by our red blood cells to our entire body where it is used to create energy. Since the brain is also composed mostly of water, keeping hydrated helps you to concentrate and stay alert.

The brain is one of the most important organs in our body and it is responsible for all things that make us human. It allows us to think and feel, to have memories and feelings, and it co-ordinates and controls our actions and reactions. Since it is composed of approximately 85% water, hydration is of utmost importance when it comes to brain function. Water plays a key role in the brains production of hormones and neurotransmitters. Nerve transmission requires one half of ALL the brains energy. The brain is not able to store or reserve water so a constant supply of water is necessary in keeping it properly hydrated. If you are losing more water than you are drinking, dehydration will kick in and brain function will diminish.  This will cause the brain to shut down and not run at full speed. Further mental symptoms can include; focus issues, fatigue, headaches and sleep issues.

Anyone engaging in physical activity on a regular basis can attest to the physical symptoms caused by not properly hydrating. Water aids in keeping your joints and muscles lubricated helps reduce cramping and sprains. There’s nothing worse than cramping up during your workout, except pulling something and being out of commission while it heals.

Your skin is another area that can reap the benefits of staying hydrated. You hear women complaining about their skin constantly, yet how often do you see them drinking water in comparison to things like pop, coffee or juice? Although all of these things contain water, they also contain large amounts of sugar and countless other harmful ingredients. Cut out all of the sugar in those drinks by just drinking water and I promise you will see a difference in your skin. The water will push all toxins from your body and skin, minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and other things like black heads, pimples and dry spots.

Now that you’ve been educated on the importance of keeping hydrated, your probably wondering how much you should be consuming to reap the full benefits. Although this is a heavily debated topic, studies suggest adults need 9-16 cups of water a day to stay hydrated. This number however varies depending on activity level, age and how much water you are consuming in things like coffee and vegetables with high water content. Like I said earlier, get in the habit of carrying a water bottle around with you and constantly sip, if you find the flavor boring just add some lemon.

Trust me your body will thank you ♡

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