I know I should drink more water. In fact, I hear it so much I begin to protest it just because I hate anything I think I’m supposed to do (cue flossing, sleeping for eight hours, changing my sheets once a week).

I can rationalize anything. “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” “I’ll floss when I’m older.” “I’ll buy new sheets.” One thing I can’t really rationalize away is a multitude of facts as to why my limited water intake is psychically and mentally affecting me. (Yes, I know there’s probably more than 11 facts on why flossing is important and one day I will get to those.) But today, these 11 facts from Purple Buddha Project have triggered something in me. Basically, that if I wanna get my life together I really do need to down more of the H2O. 

1.Your brain is your biggest liquid asset. It is composed of more than 85 percent water. Little wonder then that if you are dehydrated, your thinking ability drops dramatically, as does the performance of your whole body.

2. Water is 2nd only to oxygen in survival. A body can live for minutes without oxygen, for a few days without water, and several weeks without food.

3. The human body is 60% water, blood is 90% water, muscles are 75% water, and bone is 25% water. Water is one of the main structures of the body. Drain your body of water you’ll be left with a few pounds of chemicals that are worth about $5 you guys!

4. Your brain is 1/50 of your total body weight, but it receives 20% of the blood circulation, so 1/5 of your body’s water requirements come from your brain.

5. Water balances and regulates almost every other system in the body — temperature regulation, digestion, and waste excretion. You cannot eliminate toxins from your body with insufficient water.

6. Most headaches and feelings of fatigue are caused by dehydration.

7. You lose about 10 cups of fluid each day in sweat, urine, and bowel movements. Even the air you exhale contains vital water vapor.

8. If you wait until you are thirsty to drink, you are already dehydrated. Unlike hunger, thirst is a bad sign.

9. Drinks that contain caffeine (colas and coffee) are diuretics, which means they lessen the body’s ability to absorb and retain water — they rob the body of water.

10. It is the most time efficient way of improving your mood and overall performance. It takes seconds to drink a glass of water, but the benefits last for hours.

11. Combined with a healthy lifestyle, drinking water increases weight loss.

Lauren Martin
Just another girl in the world...and founder of Words of Women

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