Our water consumption can often take a back seat, especially during the busy summer months. Let’s face it, from hitting the beach to weekend adventures, it’s pretty easy to forget to stay hydrated. About 60 percent of our bodies are made up of water and nearly 100 percent of our processes are affected by it. This summer, keep these four benefits of staying hydrated in mind.
1. It keeps you moving.
Our bodies rely heavily on water, and being able to keep up with all of our summer activities means drinking enough fluids. One of the first signs of dehydration is feeling sluggish. Whether you’re an athlete or just an average Joe, supplying your muscles with H20 is vital to keeping them moving. Water has so many benefits: it helps transport oxygen to your muscles, it keeps your joints lubricated, and it helps you fight fatigue. With the right amount of fluids, you won’t miss out on any of the fun this summer.
2. It helps you stay healthy.
Do you ever feel irritable for no reason at all? Dehydration can impair many things, including attention span, brain function, and memory. Our thirst can be disguised as irritability, therefore affecting our moods and how we interact with others. In fact, even the mildest case of dehydration can negatively impact our moods.
Drinking the necessary amount of fluids will help with blood flow and oxygen supply. Next time you’re not feeling yourself, drink some water. Better yet, keep a water bottle handy at your desk; we recommend our new FluidStance® >ful™ water bottle. Made from non-toxic glass, it's meant to be used in your workspace or at your desk and is a beautiful visual reminder to stay hydrated throughout the workday.
3. It's key to radiant skin.
Nourishing your skin is a priority for keeping that healthy glow all summer long. Without water, toxins and waste products start to build up underneath the skin. Drinking water helps your body flush out these toxins and clear your skin. While we're on the topic, if your skin needs a little extra lovin’ to recover from all that summer throws at it, we've found a natural skin care line that is made with organic ingredients that you can trust, and that actually work. Annmarie Skin Care has created sample kits for any skin type. The kit is only $10 and comes with a $10 coupon for the next purchase. You’ll even receive a guide to finding hidden toxic chemicals and what you can do to replace them. After all, information is power.
4. It boosts your metabolism.
Not only will water help your skin, brain function, and moods, it will also give your metabolism a boost! Drinking water helps your body burn fat. Water helps dissolve fats and soluble fiber. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that drinking about 17 oz. of water increases metabolic rate by 30 percent in healthy men and women. Studies also suggest that drinking one or two glasses of water before a meal can fill you up so you naturally eat less, says Andrea N. Giancoli, MPH, RD spokesperson for The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Pursuing a healthy lifestyle means staying active, eating right, and drinking the right amount of fluids every day. With our FluidStance balance boards and >ful water bottles, we help get you there. Happy Summer!
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