Tuesday, March 10, 2015


Water is an essential necessity of life, drinking the right amount of water has health benefits. How much is the right amount? The "right" amount of water varies from person to person, various factors come into play when deciding the right amount of water you need on a daily basis.

Factors include

- Exercise & Activity level: If you engage in exercise that causes you to sweat a lot you need to drink enough water to compensate for the lost fluid. If you are very active while engaging in your daily activities you might want to consider drinking more water.
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- Environment: Hot or humid weather can make you sweat more, heated indoor air can cause your skin to loose moisture during winter time, in these instances you want to increase your water intake.

- Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding need to stay hydrated, large amounts of fluids are used when nursing.

I would recommend a daily amount of 9 cups (2.2 liters)

Benefits of drinking water.

1) Water facilitates a healthier looking skin by helping to flush out toxins that can cause the skin to inflame, which results in clogged pores and acne.

2) Water promotes weight loss because it leads to lesser calorie consumption, water makes you feel full and as a result you snack less and eat a bit less.
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3) Improved bodily functions. Water keeps thing moving- digestion wise, by helping dissolve fats and soluble fiber. Drinking enough water also helps to prevent constipation.
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4) Fatigue fighter. Water helps to prevent dehydration, athletes need to drink water to improve endurance and prevent post-exercise fatigue and exhaustion.
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5) Soaking in warm water, or warm bath makes us feel less lonely- i found this most interesting. Warm baths cause the body to release oxytocin, which is the hormone that promotes bonding and relaxation.  Soaking in warm bath could ease feelings of loneliness and isolations.

6) It balances fluids in our body. Roughly 60% of the body is made up of water. Drinking enough water helps regulate body functions such as transportation of nutrients in the body, regulate body temperature, digest food and more.


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