WaterPMCYou are 60% to 75% H2O! When you’re not drinking what you need a day, your body doesn’t eliminate wastes & toxins as effectively. Water also helps with weight loss. Drinking at least 16 oz of chilled water can boost your metabolism by 24% in the morning! #boom!

Water Loss. Every day you lose 3 or more quarts of water. When you’re not taking in enough water, all of the “water loss functions” in your body shut down. You don’t breathe out as much, you don’t sweat as much, & you don’t lose as much. Your body holds onto your water, & you become bloated & feeling yucky.

Your Lungs. Your lung tissues are kept healthy & functioning by water. Water helps you to breathe. When you don’t have enough water, your histamine levels go up, leading to an onslaught of allergy & asthma symptoms.

Body Temperature. Water regulates your body’s temperature. It keeps you warm in the winter, & cool in the summer.

Your brain is 90% water. Headaches are the #1 sign that your brain is dehydrated followed by fatigue & depression.  The brain cannot store water, so it is vital that we drink up, & drink often.  A shriveled & dried out brain will not function at its maximum capacity like a well-hydrated brain can.

Your Heart. Your heart is 75% water.  Good hydration increases the efficiency of your cardiovascular system.  Increasing your water may help to improve hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure, & high cholesterol. It increases the production of new blood & muscle cells.

Your Kidneys. Your kidneys are constantly filtering your blood, sending wastes out in your urine.  When there isn’t enough water, your kidneys can’t clean your blood & over time, dehydration will damange your kidneys. Yikes!! In addition, by purging waste from your blood, water helps keep your skin glowing, clear, & looking young.

Your Digestive System. The digestive system needs water to properly digest your food. Gastritis, heart burn, irritable bowel syndrome, & constipation all may all be improved by increasing your water intake.  Drinking water on a empty stomach purifies the colon, making it easier to absorb nutrients.

Your Joints. All of your joints are cushioned with water.  Arthritic pain may even be relieved by increasing the amount of water you drink daily.

Your Lymphatic System. These glands help you perform your daily functions, balance your body fluids, & fight infection.

AND, now for the BEST part… water does ALL of this for 0 calories!!!

What is the “magic” number for your daily needs? Your weight (in lbs.) divided by 2 = the minimum number of oz. per day.

What are some ways that YOU remind yourself to drink more water?