11 Glasses of Water A Day
Well the new year is in full swing and resolutions have been made and some may have already been broken. That's OK. We are here to encourage you with monthly health challenges that are attainable.
The idea is after 12 months of challenges that are attainable, our hope is that you feel better: mind, body and spirit. The 1st of every month we will post an attainable health challenge that we hope you will accept. Remember, if you don't meet it one day; no worries, do it the next day.
For the month of January, we would like to encourage you to drink at least 11- 8 oz. glasses of water per day. There are many benefits to drinking water as water is your body's principal chemical component and makes up about 50-70% of your body weight. Your body needs water to survive*.
Some of the benefits to staying hydrated and to have every cell, organ and tissue in your body to work properly are:
Protects sensitive tissues
Lubricates & cushions joints
Keeps your temperature normal
Gets rid of your body wastes
It delivers oxygen throughout the body
It boosts skin health and beauty - who doesn't love that?
It cushions the brain, spinal cord and other sensitive tissues
The digestive system depends on it
It helps maintain blood pressure
The airways need it
It makes minerals and nutrients accessible
It prevents kidney damage
It boosts performance during exercise
How much water intake is recommended? According to the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine, the average recommended daily intake of water from both food & drink is:
For men: around 15.5 cups of water**
For women: around 11 cups of water**
For those of you that have a favorite water bottle, great! For those that need inspiration to drink water, we found this on Amazon that is a great reminder to keep drinking. If you don't like drinking plain water, maybe add: blackberries, strawberries, mint, basil or cucumber to it for added flavor without adding sugar or calories.
Health is a daily practice - not a 30 day diet
We hope we've given you inspiration on the importance of drinking water. You've got this!
**around 80% of this should come from drinks, including water and the rest should come from fresh fruits and vegetables
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