Water is the most basic and essential ingredient for health. But, we cry, there are so many more tasty alternatives to water: Give me a smoothie! Give me tea! Give me soda and give me coffee! Perhaps this is why some studies estimate that up to 80% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. It is time to turn this trend: living a less-stressed out life, a more clear-headed and healthy lifestyle starts with hydrating and thus, nourishing your body properly.
Imagine this: when you let your body run low on water, your vital organs are forced to ration what they already have. This means they are not functioning optimally. Being dehydrated is a grim version of reality that you don’t need to live through on a daily basis: staying properly hydrated leads to the following health benefits:
Proper lubrication for joints
Reduced stress levels (particuarly the stress hormone cortisol)
Enhanced digestive function
Enhanced elimination of toxins
Clearer mental function
Better metabolic function
Yes, there are tastier drinks than water but none are as pure or essential. Daily recommended intake is 1 quart per 50 pounds of body weight, which may be higher or lower depending on your level of activity. So leave the soda in the vending machine, grab a refillable water bottle and make it your best friend. By keeping yourself properly hydrated throughout the day, you will notice an uptick in mental and physical performance.
Dr. Albert Stabile, D.C.