We all read it and hear it but why is drinking water SO darn important? Here is the breakdown:
Our bodies are made up of 2/3rds water. Water is involved in pretty much every activity that occurs in our body. Our digestive, absorptive,circulatory,and excretory functions rely on water. It pushes nutrients and waste in and out of our cells and ultimately controls our body temperature. Through our daily activities, from our skin (sweat), our kidneys (peeing), and our bowels (pooping), we lose up to 10 cups of that water which is thankfully keeping us from over heating and carrying collected waste from our body. We replenish this from the water we drink and the fruits and vegetables that we eat.
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When we use a toilet there is (hopefully) water in it, right? Why? Well duh, water transports waste through the plumbing pipes. When we have completely the task at hand, we flush the toilet and there our business goes to its ultimate destination. But the toilet's work does not stop there. What happens? The toilet bowl must refill with with water, because if there is no water for the next person or 10 people to "use" there is going to be a major build up of waste that is not easily transported out of that toilet, causing the toilet to back up and there goes the plumbing which is not fun for anyone.
So folks, the short of it is-REFILL YOUR TOILETS WITH WATER WHENEVER YOU GET THE CHANCE OR YOU WILL ALLOW WASTE TO ACCUMULATE AND THE PIPES TO BACK UP!
How much water should I drink per day, you say? This depends. You do get water from other sources than a glass of water. As mentioned fruits and veggies have a high concentration of water, some even contain up to 90% (cucumbers, celery and watermelon are good examples). So don't get hung up on counting how many glasses of water you drink every day. Pay attention to your body. How does your skin look? Is your pee fluorescent yellow and super concentrated? Do you have chapped lips and puffy eyes? Are you having a bowel movement every day?Your body is the biggest indicator of your water needs. Also recognize when you are losing more water than usual through exercise, sunbathing or here in Florida, just being outside. Consume a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, skip the sodas (I don't care what anyone says-this does not count toward water intake) and incorporate some herbal teas into your day to change it up a bit. Make water the first thing you drink when you wake up, and the last thing you consume prior to bed.