The Importance of Water Intake
Greetings everyone! In this Teesha Talk Tuesday, we will discuss the importance of your daily water intake, fun facts about water, and the benefits of staying hydrated!
So, by now you've probably heard - water is INSANELY important to and for your health. Did you know that the average human adult's body is comprised of 60% water? This explains why we're all expected to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day (dependent on age, weight, and height) to ensure that our bodies are retaining enough fluids to carry out flushing out waste, regulating body temperature, and assisting in brain function. Another reason why you should maintain your daily recommended cups of water is because your saliva is dependent on it! Saliva not only keeps your mouth healthy (and signals you when something is wrong) but it's essential in breaking down solid foods, so making sure that you're drinking more than enough water helps aid your body in producing saliva and triggering those necessary glands. Furthermore, one of our main reasons for pushing great water intake to our clients here at Teesha Yoga is because the more you exercise (or practice yoga), the more sweat your body produces/releases. Our bodies use water to produce sweat, which helps to regulate our body temperatures whenever we overheat. Water also is shown to improve your performance in sports/any form of exercise because being fully hydrated means you're more focused with better strength and endurance.
Here are a few fun facts about drinking water:
1 By the time you've allowed your body to get thirsty, you've already lost approximately 1% of your body's total water supply, so drink up!
2 Drinking water can help you lose weight by increasing your metabolism, which helps burn calories faster.
3 The average person could live without food for nearly a month, but we could only survive about one week without water—that’s how essential water is to human life.
4 Drinking enough water everyday can help reduce heart disease and cancer. Water helps flush toxins out of your body, and the fewer toxins that come into contact with your colon, bladder, and other organs, the less chance that critical ailments can develop.
5 Approximately 80% of your brain tissue is made of water! Which is why high water intake is contributed to more energy and being more focused!
If those fun facts weren't enough to convince you to increase your water intake (if it isn't already what is recommended based on your age, weight, and height), then maybe these benefits of hydration will.
Have you ever heard of a dehydration headache? Well, they exist and they're quite painful. Dehydration can trigger both headaches and migraines in some individual and studies show that 8 out of 10 people have experienced a headache due to dehydration. Increasing hydration will not only eliminate future dehydration headaches but decrease your overall number of headaches total (such as tension or stress-related headaches). Did you know that dehydration can lead to constipation and digestion issues? Tough stool is no fun for anyone. So increase your fluid intake to avoid abnormally long trips to the bathroom and to improve your colon health!
Water is a source of life. It is vital to the healthy functioning of the human mind and body, and without it, our bodies cannot perform as well (dehydration also delays tissue growth!). So, to keep your body up and active, be sure to maintain the appropriate water intake for each day. We strongly encourage having a reusable bottle to refill at least twice a day to make it easier to travel with water on-the-go. Stop by our studio to purchase a $7 Teesha Yoga reusable water bottle - truly the best way to stay hydration with style! Until next time, stay safe!