Staying Hydrated Helps You Stay Healthy
Drinking water has long been touted by doctors and scientists everywhere as an important daily process for healthy living. According to WebMD though, there’s no reason whatsoever to gulp down 8 glasses of the stuff. There is no scientific data that backs up conclusively that drinking exactly 8 glasses of water a day is the magic number. Instead, experts explain that you should be drinking enough water or even ingesting it in foods (think watermelon for example) because it is critical for your health but measuring it out is not.
Your body needs water on a regular basis because fluid loss is a continuous process that happens from breathing, skin evaporation, and of course, expelling waste. As water is lost from our bodies, we must replace it in order to have healthier bodies. This is why we’ve always been told to drink water.
But what benefits does water really have for us? Here are some of the many reasons why you should be letting your cup runneth over with plenty of water every day.
1. Maintains balance of bodily fluids
The human body is composed of roughly 60% water. Your bodily functions all rely on water to help keep them going. When the body is running low on fluids, your brain triggers the thirst mechanism so when you feel like you’re thirsty, grab your water and get drinking.
2. Helps with weight loss
3. Energizes muscles
If you like to exercise and you want your muscles to look good, keep drinking your water. Cells that don’t keep up the balance of fluids and electrolytes will shrink up, leading to muscle fatigue. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, you should drink around 17 ounces of water about 2 hours before your exercise and that you should keep drinking it regularly to avoid dehydrating while your body is busy sweating. That’s why it’s so important to take along a good and reliable container of water with you when you’re exercising.
4. Healthier skin inside and out
5. Helps the kidneys function optimally
Everyone has that one friend that always gets kidney stones. Avoid that kind of pain by drinking enough water! Your kidneys are in charge of getting toxins out of the body and will do a great job of it as long as you’re getting enough fluids like water. Are you drinking enough water? Your urine should be light in color and odorless. If not, your kidneys are working extra hard and you’re more prone to kidney stones.
6. Keeps everything moving along
When you stay hydrated with enough water, your gastrointestinal system keeps things moving along and you’ll have regular bowel movements. Keep your systems clean by keeping them moving or else you could wind up with constipation or something much worse. Clean water has been shown to help prevent certain types of cancer, like colon cancer which is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second highest death rate of all types of cancer.
7. Less headaches and fatigue
The cells in your body need water to do their part right and if you don’t give them enough of it, you’ll feel it in the form of fatigue and headaches. Drink more water for a week and you’ll notice a vast improvement in your energy levels and how you feel overall.
8. Better performance, both mentally and physically
As we mentioned, water is necessary for proper cell functioning. That’s why when you drink enough of it, you’ll be able to think more clearly. And you’ll perform better too in athletic challenges, whether you’re merely trying to beat your last lap around the track or you’re competing in a marathon.
9. Reduced joint pain
For those with joint pain, it can lead to lost mobility. You feel feeble and old even when you’re nowhere near an age associated with old. Your joint pain could be from sports injuries or several other factors including your genes. But whatever the cause of your joint pain, you can reduce it by drinking enough water. Water softens the cartilage at the joints and keeps it hydrated. Which means when you move, you don’t feel pain.
How to Drink More Water
Now that you know why it’s so important to drink enough water, you’ve got to be sure you’re getting enough of it. There’s no need to measure out 8 full glasses a day, drink them all and then say, “Ha! I’m done for the day!” Eight is not a magic number here. It is simply a guideline designed to help you at least get the minimum your body needs. If you truly want to reap the benefits of drinking enough water, you should listen to your body and spread out your water consumption throughout the day.
There’s no point of drinking a day’s worth of water first thing in the morning. Plus, too much water at once can lead to water intoxication because your kidneys can’t process it all at once. While that’s very hard to do, being aware of your water intake and spreading it out through your day is your best bet for good, clean healthfulness.
If you want to make sure you get in the right amount of water every day at regular intervals, here are some tips to help you drink more of it to improve your overall health with each day.
- Drink water with every meal
For breakfast, lunch, and dinner, have a glass of water along with it. If you’re trying to lose weight, drink that glass of water about 10 minutes before you eat. This will help keep you full and prevent you from overeating. When you have a snack, you should also have water with it too in order to help your body process the nutrients faster.
- Add lemon to your water
- Eat more fresh produce
Fresh fruits and vegetables have a high water content. Eating them adds to your hydration. It is from the foods we eat that we get about 20% of our overall hydration. This isn’t a substitute for drinking water, but if you are eating fruits and vegetables, you’re giving your body what it needs. Whenever possible, go for organic options to avoid ingesting toxins and pesticides. If budget is a problem, go for the EPA’s clean 15 and make sure you go organic on the dirty dozen.
- Keep a bottle of water with you everywhere you go
What’s great about the Bluewave Daily8® Water Jug is that the opening is large at the top, making it easy to pour into a cup or add fruit slices like lemons, oranges, berries, or even cucumbers to make a refreshing flavored water variety you’ll want to gulp down. It comes with a removable straw too if you’d prefer to use that or drink from the pop-up cap that keeps the water bottle contaminant-free. It also comes in 4 different colors to suit your style and is made from high quality BPA-free plastic.
A water bottle like this is a smart way to make sure you’re getting all the hydration you need every day no matter where you are. You can simply fill it with your pure, filtered water at the beginning of the day and always have clean, fresh water with you anywhere. By the end of your day, if you’ve drank the entire contents of your Bluewave Daily8® Water Jug, then you have supplied your body with at least enough water. If you drink more than that in your day, then you’re staying completely on top of this hydration thing.
The Bluewave Daily8® Water Jug also makes a fantastic gift for your favorite gym rat, expecting moms or anyone who could do with a drink to their health. Get one here in your favorite color today!
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Father’s Day is on the horizon and since it is in June, what better way to celebrate the macho equivalent of Mother’s Day – minus the cards and flowers – than with something sizzling on a grill?
Follow The KISS Rule
For example, if you overdo anything, make sure the excess comes from food and beverages. Too many decorations – like balloons and party hats – will drop the whole affair into something that could end up being called dorky rather than awesome. However, excessive fireworks could push an otherwise dull BBQ into the Event of the Century.
Carefully Select The Menu
We’ve already indicated that this event is going to involve sizzling meat. But before you go nuts at the butcher shop, plan out what all you intend to have available for food. Think SuperBowl Party on steroids. You have to have more than just burgers, steaks and smokies. Add salads, chips, drinks, buns, condiments, desserts…you get the idea. Should Dad’s favorite BBQ item happen to be a particularly special cut of meat, make sure there are a couple or more in the inventory just for him. Whatever you do, don’t toss in a curve ball and have just veggie burgers or some low-cost frozen bag of meat byproducts because you didn’t budget properly.
Stock The Bar
Once you gather up all the beverages you can’t just leave them sitting in the garage until needed. You have to make sure the drinks are chilled just right. One way to save yourself a bit of that science is by using a drink dispenser. There are several on the market designed with parties like yours in mind.
Three we like are:
Our 3 Gallon Refrigerator Bottle is essentially a giant sized drinking, dispensing bottle.
Well, that’s sort of what it reminds us of. It holds 3 gallons of cold drinking material and has an extra large mouth for easy pouring and even easier cleaning. The dispenser has a faucet valve and 100mm cap and just to be a bit on the funky side there’s a built-in air plug. What that does is equalizes the air pressure on the inside of the bottle for easy flow of liquid pleasure. Sorry, maybe we should have warned you about the scientific spoiler there.
What’s an amazin’ BBQ without tunes blaring?
Besides, if the smells don’t make your neighbors jealous, the right selection of music probably will. The basic playlist rules are to include as many of Dad’s favorite tunes as you can identify. Filling an hour with music that was popular during the year he was born is taboo. That’ll get you a burnt veggie burger and no bun for your efforts. Stick to his faves and fill out the rest with tunes that’ll make the backyard party hop, skip and jump. Avoid disco, rap and anything that resembles cover versions of big hits.
The Games People Play
When you promote your Father’s Day BBQ as being loaded with fun ‘n’ games you need to deliver on the games part. Unless there is a backyard pool nearby, you may find yourself doing some improvisation. That’s okay because we’ve got you covered.
A Few Final Word
As much fun as it will be to blow the roof off of the garage and patio deck with this massive Father’s Day celebration you are planning, remember to play safely. That means having alternatives available for rides home and someone keeping an eye on things to make sure no one gets hurt in a checkers-related incident or other potential injuries. The safer your BBQ is, the more likely you’ll be able to host more for reasons other than just Father’s Day.
Have fun and remember, we like our steak medium-rare.
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