With so many options for beverages, we still find ourselves living dehydrated. Additionally, we sometimes consume drinks that actually make us even more dehydrated! So, what should we be drinking, how much of it, and why?
As it turns it out, it is our most ancient forms of beverage. If you could look inside of yourself, 75% of what you’ll see will be… Drum roll… Water! Plain old water has a plethora of health benefits that may be overlooked when looking for what to drink. A correlational study done by the University of Illinois found a relationship between drinking more water and consuming less saturated fat, sugar, salt, and cholesterol. Furthermore, the study showed that an increase in water consumption by one to three cups per day may be able to decrease daily calorie intake by 68 to 205 calories (Marshall, 2016)! Although water does not directly make you burn calories, it does saturate your body and alleviates cravings for calorie-rich / nutrient- deficient food and drink.
According to the Center for Disease Control, water is essential for body thermoregulation, lubrication of articulations, protection of soft tissue, as well as for assisting with excretion of waste. Therefore, an absence of water can cause blood to be very viscous and therefore, raise your blood pressure. Additionally, not getting enough water can produce symptoms of arthritis. Along with these symptoms, just 1-2% body water content loss can also headaches, fatigue, and impair cognitive functions. (Riebal, 2013, p. 20)
Although the CDC mentions that are no recommendations for plain water intake, Harvard Medical School suggested that, for a healthy adult, drinking 4-6 cups a day is ideal. However, there is no “one-size-fits-all” recommendation because people are so vastly different, and they partake in different activities (Godman, 2016). Amanda Boyer, our in-house Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, can assist you with your personal recommendations. Find out more about what she can do for you here.
Luckily, living in a developed nation, we have many sources to get our fill of water. Specifically, in the United States, most restaurants/cafes will provide you with tap water even without purchasing anything. This means that, not only is water great for you, it is also easy to acquire here in the United States.
Please take advantage of our water cooler in the lobby. This will make your session even more enjoyable!
- Get the Facts: Drinking Water and Intake | Nutrition | CDC. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 9 Aug. 2016, www.cdc.gov/nutrition/data-statistics/plain-water-the-healthier-choice.html.
- Heidi Godman. “How Much Water Should You Drink?” Harvard Health, Harvard Medical School, Sept. 2016, www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/how-much-water-should-you-drink.
- Marshall, Mallika. “The Big Benefits of Plain Water.” Harvard Health Blog, Harvard Medical School, 13 May 2016, www.health.harvard.edu/blog/big-benefits-plain-water-201605269675.
- Riebl, Shaun K, and Brenda M Davy. “The Hydration Equation: Update on Water Balance and Cognitive Performance.” ACSM’s health & fitness journal vol. 17,6 (2013): 21-28.
- Water & Nutrition | Drinking Water | Healthy Water | CDC. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5 Oct. 2016, www.cdc.gov/healthywater/drinking/nutrition/index.html.