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Thirsty?

Water is so important to the mechanics of the human body. The body cannot function properly without a sufficient supply of water, just as a car will not run without gas. All of the cell and organ functions that make up our entire anatomy and physiology depend on water for their functioning.

Blood is about 92% water and it carries nutrients and oxygen throughout the body. Nutrients from the food we eat are broken down in the digestive system. Water allows these nutrients to pass through, where the valuable nutrients and oxygen can be distributed throughout the body to all the cells and organs. In addition to the daily maintenance of our bodies, water also plays a key role in the prevention of disease. Drinking at least eight glasses of water a day can decrease the risk of colon cancer by 45% and bladder cancer by 50%, just to name a few.

Water helps our bodies remove toxins in many different ways. Water flushes toxins and waste from the body through urination and perspiration. Water helps reduce constipation and aids in bowel movements which ensures that wastes are removed quickly and regularly before they can become poisonous in the body. This waste buildup can occur in the body if dehydration becomes a regular occurrence and this can cause headaches, toxicity and illness. Drinking enough water will also lessen the burden on the kidneys and liver by flushing out waste products.

A cold soda, iced coffee or iced tea may taste nice as you sip on them but beverages with caffeine are not meant to hydrate your body. Not to mention, the added sugar and calories that come with drinking sweet beverages can really add up. If you cut just one 140 calorie soda can per day, you'll be saving yourself over 51,000 calories a year. 

If you struggle with drinking water, try adding a slice of lemon or frozen fruit to your glass to add a bit of flavor. Consider downloading a water tracking app, like Plant Nanny, to help keep track of your hydration. 

Choose to be Healthy,
Beth