“Considering the fact that the majority of your body is made up of water; and considering the fact that the better care you take of your body, the more energy you have; and considering the fact that it takes a whole lot of energy to transform your life, drinking a buttload of water seems like a pretty reasonable request to me.”
Considering the fact that my mission is to empower people to become energized to transform their lives, and considering the fact that hydration is such a crucial factor, I would be remiss not to mention this essential element in my empowerment blog.
Why is hydration so important?
Approximately sixty percent of the adult human body is made of water. According to the USGS, the percentage climbs to 75 to 85% for our brain, heart, and lungs.
Our bodies require a steady supply of water to help:
- aid digestion
- keep membranes moist
- cell reproduction (growth & healing)
- remove toxins
- maintain joint mobility
- shock absorption
- produce hormones
- communications between brain and body
- regulate body temperature
- deliver oxygen to our organs
And as if that weren’t enough, it’s also the magic ingredient in body transformation!
Magic weight loss elixir!
If you’re one of the millions of people on the planet trying to improve your body composition, water is the magic elixir for weight loss. Its magic power lies not just in helping you feel full – which it does, especially if you are wisely getting lots of water in the food you eat by way of fruits and veggies – but because proper hydration helps your body convert food into energy in the most optimal way. Dehydration actually causes cravings for calorie-dense foods. (Staying hydrated = fewer cravings!)
Foods that help hydrate include cucumbers, apples, melons, leafy greens, celery, radishes. More info at this link. Try adding lemon juice or melons to your water for increased hydration. More info at this link.
Proper hydration is a vital piece of self care.
How much water to hydrate life transformation?
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine determined that an adequate daily fluid intake is:
- About 15.5 cups (124 oz) of fluids for men
- About 11.5 cups (92 oz) of fluids a day for women
For more about factors that influence hydration needs, click this link.
This having been said, you and your naturopath, or medical doctor, may decide you need more or less than this amount. Listen to your body! That’s the practice at the root of adequate hydration. When I was healing from the intestinal symptoms caused by eating foods I was allergic to, my naturopath had me drinking 120 ounces a day. I had to pay attention to how much I drank through the day, but in terms of health improvements, it doesn’t get much easier than increasing water intake!
I have this sticker on my water bottle that I carried across Europe for three weeks reminding me of the importance of hydration.
Hydrate or Die.
Hydration is extremely important and often overlooked. If you are on the path of transforming your life, then drinking a buttload of water seems like a very reasonable request indeed.