We hear it all the time – you need 8 glasses of water a day. But is it actually true? While the exact amount you need has been debated, everyone agrees that hydration is super important! Why? Because the body is comprised mostly of water and every cell, tissue and organ in your body requires water to function.
There are few things more important to health and longevity than proper hydration. Drinking fluids is crucial to staying healthy and maintaining every system in your body including your heart, brain and muscles. Water serves a range of purposes in our bodies, including removing waste and flushing bacteria; controlling body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure; and maintaining a healthy metabolism. Did you know when you’re well hydrated, your heart doesn’t have to work as hard?
And yes – your skin too! As we age, our cells start to deteriorate and lose water in the process. This makes it much more difficult for our cells to work efficiently in fighting off free radicals (the #1 cause of aging!)
A lot of us drink water to suppress our appetite but hydration also aids in digestion, helping to eliminate toxins from our system, another cause of cellular aging. Ever feel bloated? Your body retains water when it’s dehydrated, the same way it will go into starvation mode when you severely cut calories. Our bodies are always working to achieve a balance when it comes to nutrition and hydration. Balance = healthy cells = a younger looking and feeling you.