Have you been living soda free so? Last week, we encouraged you to have a soda free summer, and if you accepted the challenge, kudos to you! But if you couldn’t resist popping some pop, don’t worry because now, summertime has officially begun so it’s not too late. Summer, the season of heat, calls for extra attention to drink fluids, and soda and artificial juice ain’t gonna do any good for your body. The best bet is water, and I’ll bet that you already knew that.
Water is something that is so intuitive to drink yet many deprive themselves from it. The different flavors of beverages make water seem like a boring choice, but actually, it’s essential for your body. A typical adult is generally two-thirds water, and if we don’t replenish ourselves with more water, a slew of health problems could arise. From headaches, to kidney stones, to weight gain, and even depression, water can help prevent those ailments and keep you healthy.
Check out a few ways water helps our bodies:
- Boosts metabolism
- Prevents weight gain
- Aids in digestion
- Lubricates joints
- Delivers nutrients and oxygen to cells
- Detoxifies the kidneys
- Assists the lungs in breathing
- Cools down the body
- and of course, quenches thirst!
By substituting unhealthy drinks with water, you’re doing something ultimately beneficial for yourself. But if the only time you drink is with a meal, then you might not be getting the right amount of liquid you need. To prevent dehydration and other problems, try to drink at least 8 full glasses of water a day. For those on the more active tip, your body will need more water so try to get at least 12-14 full glasses daily. Refills please!
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