Hey girls, it’s GirlMogul Poppy here with a new science installment! So, you know I’m all about figuring how things work and why things happen. That’s the part I actually like about science! Ever wonder why something works the way it does? Or maybe why our bodies function a certain way? Well, then I’m your girl!
My mom always says, “Drink 8 glasses of water a day!” When I keep asking why, she just responds by saying “It’s good for you!” But, I always wanted to know WHY it’s good for you.
It turns out that you do need about 8 glasses of water a day, and that’s because water makes up a huge part of your body. Your skin, organs, and cells are all made up of a huge percentage of water, and you need to keep replenishing that level so you don’t get dehydrated. When you sweat and do daily activities, water evaporated from your skin into the atmosphere. Therefore, you’re constantly losing a steady supply of fluid that your body needs in order to function properly. Water is one of the best liquids you can drink because it is what your body is made, of, it includes no artificial ingredients, it contains no sugar, it has no calories or fat, and it is pure. Besides replenishment, water also has a ton of other benefits. It keeps the oils from clogging your pores on your face, and prevents acne. Also, it allows you to think more clearly because when you get dehydrated, you brain and organs start functioning slower in order to conserve energy.
But, one of the new reasons I’ve discovered to drink water is exercise! Health studies recommend that athletes start drinking water at least 1 hour before exercise and for at least 1 hour afterward, because of the physical strain you are putting on your body. Be careful though! Too much water (it has ot be a lot) can also be detrimental. Just make sure that if you find yourself drinking over 8 glasses a day, include drinks like sports drinks with a little sodium and electrolytes. Too much water can wash these ingredients out of your system and they are good for you too!
And don’t forget to be environmentally friendly. Tap water is often just as good as bottled water and if you use your own re-usable container like the one shown here, you aren’t adding more plastic that takes a long time to break down into the earth.