Water. You are 70% water. And yet we just don't drink enough of it. Most everyone has heard "drink 8 8oz cups of water" or "drink half your body weight in ounces". Drinking half your body weight in ounces is the better of the two options.
But why is it so important that you drink water? When you get dehydrated, the cells in your body struggle to perform basic functions. Ever notice how on a hot summer day, when you've outside moving around, don't drink a lot of water, and then you're really tired? Your body slowed down, because it couldn't function as efficiently without proper hydration.
It is especially important during the warmer summer months that you drink an adequate amount of water to replenish what you lose. You naturally lose water throughout the day, through your feet, through sweating, through breathing, through urinating.
Drinking more water can honestly solve some basic problems, like experiencing headaches or feeling sluggish. Symptoms are signs that we need to take care of your body, and drinking water is one essential way of doing so. Is drinking water too bland? Toss in some fruit, add some mint, add a pinch of sea salt (but not too much!). Change it up! Yes, tea counts, yes other water-y drinks count, but just make sure they don't have more than a few grams of sugar. Sugar is inflammatory and defeats the purpose of drinking water (but that's a conversation for another day).
Stay hydrated, friends!
In health and wellness,
P.S. Drinking coffee isn't a replacement for drinking water. Coffee is a diuretic, meaning it causes water to be excreted from your body. It's like anti-water. So you still need to drink your H2O!