S.E.W. What? is a blog series focusing on School Employee Wellness (S.E.W.), because hands down, employees are a school’s most important resource. No matter what your role, it is essential that you take care of yourself. You’re not the only one who will benefit from caring for yourself – the students and the entire school community will too.
Many people have a hard time drinking enough water throughout the day. It’s one of those things that you know you’re supposed to do, and you know it will benefit you in the long run, but you forget or get caught up doing other things. Especially if you work at a school — you know what we’re talking about! Still, it’s important to drink water. And, the amount of water you consume everyday plays an important role in maintaining a healthy body. Experts recommend drinking eight glasses of water each day to maintain good health.
Here are 10 reasons why you should swap soda for calorie-free water:
- Drinking water relieves fatigue.
Consumption of water makes the body function efficiently, while dehydration decreases alertness and concentration.
- It improves weight loss.
Drinking water helps to fill you up and suppress your appetite. In fact, a new study showed that drinking 16 ounces of water before eating leads to more weight loss.
- It helps in digestion.
Drinking sufficient water boosts your metabolism and helps the body properly break down food.
- It flushes out toxins.
Water is a detoxifier that helps to flush out toxins and get rid of waste primarily through sweat and urine.
- It treats headaches and migraines.
Headaches and migraines are often caused by dehydration. So, to get some relief, drink plenty of water.
- It improves mood.
Drinking water can improve your mood and ability to think. Even mild dehydration can have a negative impact on how you feel, so be sure to keep sipping water throughout the day.
- It promotes healthy skin.
Water helps replenish skin tissues, moisturizes skin, and increases the elasticity in your skin. It can also plump skin up a bit, reducing signs of aging.
- It beats bad breath.
Drinking water keeps your mouth moist and washes away food particles and bacteria. It also dilutes the smelly compounds that oral bacteria create.
- It regulates body temperature.
Water’s ability to release heat from the body when sweat evaporates from the surface of the skin greatly helps maintain an even body temperature.
- It keeps you alive.
At extremes, you can survive for about a month without food, but you can only survive approximately a week (at the most) without drinking water. Three to four days is more typical in terms of survival without water. So, shouldn’t you be trying to fit more water into your day? Carry a reusable water bottle to ensure it’s always close by, and be mindful of how your body feels. If you don’t feel like you’re at the top of your game, you may need more water.
As for right now, we don’t know about you, but we’re starting to feel thirsty! Cheers!