Healthy Living | The Importance of Drinking Water

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Hello and Happy Monday! October has come to an end, and November has rolled in and so have the moustaches in support of Movember. A campaign that is focused on addressing some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and depression. It is important to monitor you health and go to a doctor or clinic if you feel anything out of the ordinary get a checkup to make sure you get on top of any illness early. You may also be wondering how you can boost your immune system, and overall health in a season where everyone seems to get sick.

The healthy tip of the week is: reduce the amount of pop or sugary drink that you may consume during the day, and slowly replace it with water. We all know the negative effects that excess sugar from soft drinks has on your body (ie. long term health consequences, increased chance of tooth decay, and much more).

I understand that it may be hard to kick to habit of drinking your favourite sodas, so here are some substitutes to help you ease out of drinking pops throughout the day:

| In the morning drink coffee or tea
| At lunch try drinking some ice tea or homemade lemonade
| In the afternoon grab a decaf tea or fruit juice
| For evenings finish off your night with a beer or glass of wine (please drink responsibly)

We drink liquids everyday, in fact 60% of our body is made up of water! So it is important that we replenish our body’s supply throughout the day. Water helps our immune system stay in top shape as the weather changes from summer to winter, as well as provides support to your muscles, liver, kidneys, and brain.

But none of these substitutes beats the health benefits of good old water:

| Water helps control calories
Combining food with high water intake tends to increase the amount of chewing and allows the nutrients to be absorbed slower, giving your body more time to digest and feel full.
| Water helps keep skin looking good
Surprisingly enough, your skin contains lots of water and functions as a soft shell for your body but if not properly hydrated than your skin can become dry and wrinkly. Luckily you can help slow down wrinkles by keeping your body properly hydrated with the suggested amount of 64 ounces of water in a day (8 glasses of 8 ounces).
| Attempt to drink the suggested 64 ounces of water daily
A 2% reductions of water levels in the body can lead to a 20% decrease in mental and physical performance. By drinking water you are helping your body stay in top shape, and giving you the edge on the day.