Some like it hot… But as the weather warms up, we need to pay even more attention to making sure we’re staying properly hydrated – and not just for the sake of cooling off. We all know that getting enough water is important to our health, but you might be surprised by how much this free, easily accessible liquid also impacts our brain power, our happiness and even our hotness!


Whether you’re a glass half empty or a glass half full type, the important thing is that you have that glass nearby!  With our lungs being 83% water, muscles and kidneys 79% and heart and brain 73%, it’s clearly important to get enough of the wet stuff to keep everything “flowing” along!


Staying properly hydrated has a host of positive effects on our bods and brains. For our physical health, drinking up boosts the immune system, lubricates joints, transports nutrients, and flushes out toxins. And that’s just a drop in the bucket [pun intended]! Being sure to drink enough water can even act as insurance against getting aches and pains to begin with, preventing headaches, cramps, sprains and joint pain. Dehydration can also cause other health issues like headaches and long term can lead to things like constipation, joint pain, stomach ulcers and increased risk for kidney stones.


When it comes to mental health, even mild dehydration has been shown to negatively impact mood, causing anger, anxiety, fatigue and mood swings. Making sure we’re getting lots of this lovely liquid not only boosts mood and wellbeing, but helps us be more more alert and enhances our thinking and concentration. In fact, one study showed that children’s focus improved by 31% after drinking only 25ml of water!  


In addition to how happy hydrating makes us feel, it also has major benefits to how we look! Drinking enough water provides bountiful beauty benefits including improving complexion, halting hair loss, making nails stronger, keeping wrinkles at bay, burning fat and building healthy muscle.


To stay happy, healthy and hot, a good rule of thumb is to drink half of your body weight in ounces each day, for example, a 150-pound person should drink 75 oz per day. If you are doing vigorous activity, out in the sun, or drinking dehydrating things like alcohol and/or caffeine, you’ll need more.

Keeping water near you at all times and sipping throughout the day will help keep your body and brain in tip top shape.


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Founder and CEO of Trulee Foods, Sherry Lee White speaks, blogs and contributes to national publications on the topics of mind-body and food-mood relationships as well as other aspects of wellness.