What are The 5 Elements of Health? Part 5

The 5 Elements of Health

4 Elements down and 1 to go. We have covered Proper Function, Proper Fitness, Proper Pure Nutrition, and Proper Stress Management. Now it is time to cover Element 5 – Proper Hydration.

Element 5 – Proper Hydration

Water is by far one of the most important elements to the human body. You can survive for up to a month without food, but you will only survive a few days without water. Water makes up roughly 70% of the human body, 85% of your blood, 80% of your brain, 75% of your muscles, and 90% of all of the cells of your body. Water is vital to proper blood pressure, digestion, kidney function, and muscle contraction just to name a few.

Improper hydration can lead to dehydration and dehydration can cause severe life threatening conditions.

There are a lot of ideas out there about how much water you should consume daily. But it doesn’t need to be too complicated.

As a good starting point you should strive for half your body weight in ounces of water. This means that if you weight 150 pounds then you should work to drink 75 ounces of water per day. Now this might sound like a lot but think about this, when you go to your favorite death trap fast food place most people refill their 24 ounce soda cup at least 2 times and sometime 3 times. If you refill your cup twice that is 48 ounces of liquids at just one sitting.

So is drinking 75 ounces too much to drink? No it just sounds like a lot of water.

Add some flavor to your water.

Add some flavor to your water.

The other statement I get is that you will have to pee a lot if you drink that much. Well you should be peeing regularly if you are staying hydrated. Water helps flush your body of the body’s waste and if you are not expelling that waste you are letting it circulate back into your body to do damage.

There are many ways to consume water and get what you need. Drinking pure filtered water is the best way but there others. You can add chunks of fruits and herbs to get a nice vitamin infused water or you can make your very own juice. But you should try to avoid any soda, sugary drinks, cool-aide, and alcohol when trying to stay hydrated.

Also, if you are thirsty it is your body’s way of telling you that you need more water.

Remember Health is a Journey and NOT a Destination. Make it fun and make it exciting.

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