Tap into the Benefits of Water
7/5/2017 9:46:38 AM


You may or may not love it, but you know you need it; even more so in these hot summer months when we lose a lot of water through perspiration. Water is essential for our bodies to function properly. Staying hydrated helps the human body regulate temperature, lubricate joints, protect sensitive tissue, and get rid of waste. In addition to functionality, there are many other health benefits that come with staying hydrated.

How much water does a healthy adult need to drink?

It has long been thought that eight cups of water a day was enough for an adult to stay hydrated. However, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) doesn’t recommend a specific amount of water individuals should drink each day. That number is hard to pin down because our water needs vary depending on where we live, what we do during the day, if we are sick, etc. According to the CDC, dehydration can be avoided by simply drinking water when thirsty and drinking water with meals. Humans can get water through other beverages and foods, but the best way to stay hydrated is to drink plain water. The easiest way to achieve this is to make plain water your main choice of drink.

Bottled or Tap?

Many Americans turn to bottled water in order to stay hydrated. According to the Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC), the total volume of bottled water consumption in 2015 was 11.7 billion gallons, which translates into an average of 36.3 gallons per person. But choosing water as your main drink option doesn’t mean you need rely on bottled water. In fact, drinking tap water may be better and safer than bottled water. The EPA regulates tap water, whereas the FDA regulates bottled water. The difference here is that the EPA has the ability to oversee a mandatory testing program with public water suppliers. The FDA, on the other hand, only requires the identification of the source, Good Manufacturing Practice standards for boiling and bottling, and regulates labels and allowable levels of chemical, physical, microbial, and radiological contaminants. The FDA can issue a recall once a problem has been found, but doesn’t have the testing ability the EPA possesses. So that bottle of water you bought may not necessarily be safer than your own tap water. Buying a filter and attaching it to your sink is an option for those who are worried about the water in their homes. 

When it comes to water consumption, drink it when you’re thirsty and when you eat. Choosing between tap water and bottled water is a personal choice, but the important thing to remember is that water consumption is the first step towards a healthier lifestyle.

Healthy skin. Without adequate hydration, your skin may become dry, tight, and flaky. Properly hydrated skin will reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

More energy. Beverages loaded with sugar will slow you down and leave you feeling sluggish. Water replenishes and energizes your muscles, which helps you stay active and alert.

Weight loss. When you replace sugary beverages with water, you’ll consume fewer calories, which could lead to weight loss. It’s also good to eat water-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables, as they will fill you up sooner and leave your body feeling refreshed. 

Healthy kidneys. Ever had a kidney stone or a urinary tract infection? Staying hydrated with water will help reduce the risk of kidney stones and UTIs. Urine should be light yellow or colorless. Dark yellow urine with a stronger odor indicates dehydration.

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