A recent report found that of 43% of men and 41% of women aged 20-50 years aren't getting the daily recommended amount of water. Whoa! Not good since our body is composed of over 60% water.
It's essential for bodily functions such as transportation of nutrients, circulation, saliva production, absorption, digestion, and regulation of body temperature. It can also help with weight management by curbing your appetite and calorie intake. For athletes and exercisers, hydration is also vitally important for proper muscle function so cramps could be an indicator of mild dehydration.
So, how much water do we need? The reality is, the experts don't agree. Depending on who you talk to, we either get enough from food or we need as much as 15 cups per day. Wow, right? I'm not convinced that the average diet supplies enough healthy fluids, so if you're not drinking anywhere near this amount my suggestion is that you start by drinking at least the general recommendation of 8 cups.
For those of you who aren't accustom to drinking water at all here's an awesome app called Waterlogged to help you track your progress and keep you motivated.
Why we liked it: It's a super easy app that records your water intake by simulating a water bottle filling up with water. You can determine your daily water intake goal and change it at any time. The app has reminders.You can also connect with friends and see what people nearby were logging.
Check out the app and tell us what you think. Cheers!