Water the friendly helper

Water is essential to many body functions, such as, helping your skin retain moisture, aids digestion, circulation, and excretions.  Water helps flush out toxins from your body and carries nutrients into your cells.  Muscles benefit from water by helping muscle tone and preventing cramping, this is especially important if you are exercising. Water also helps you when you are tired, which can be a symptom of mild dehydration.

Misting your face with water does not help with your skin retaining moisture.  It causes you to lose moisture in your skin when the water evaporates, unless you seal in the water with a moisturizer!  This is why it is important to apply your moisturizer to your body right after your shower to seal in the moisture.

So how much water do you really need to drink?  Here is an easy formula:

BODY WEIGHT ÷ 2 = X

X ÷ 8 = THE AMOUNT OF 8 OUNCES OF WATER A DAY YOU SHOULD BE DRINKING

ADD ON 2 MORE 8 OUNCES OF WATER FOR STRENUOUS EXERCISE

The Institute of Medicine has determined that the Adequate Intake for the average Man is 13 – 8 ounces a day and 9 – 8 ounces for the average woman.

Here are two helpful articles by the Mayo Clinic and The Institute of Medicine on water consumption:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283

http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Nutrition/SummaryDRIs/~/media/Files/Activity%20Files/Nutrition/DRIs/New%20Material/9_Electrolytes_Water%20Summary.pdf

There is such a thing as drinking too much water!  Hyponatremia is a condition caused by a sodium deficiency in the body’s fluids which affects your metabolism. 

Here is a helpful article on Hyponatremia by The National Center for Biotechnology Information:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001431/

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