Staying hydrated also helps your body eliminate waste more efficiently, keeps your temperature in a normal range, lubricates and cushions your joints and protects your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues in your body. As our Carilion Clinic Family Medicine physicians explain, water is needed for cellular metabolism. In its absence, the metabolic functions slow down.
In other words, water is an essential nutrient that your body needs to function at its best.
If you have trouble getting your daily 64 ounces (the recommended eight glasses a day), check out some of these tips from the CDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to help you up your intake:
- Carry a water bottle for easy access when you are at work or running errands.
- Freeze some freezer-safe water bottles for ice-cold water all day long.
- Choose water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages.
- Substituting water for just one 20-ounce sugar sweetened soda will save you about 240 calories.
- Choose water when eating out to save calories and money too!
- Add a wedge of lime or lemon to your water to add a little flavor.
Cheers to staying healthy and hydrated!