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Water is so beautiful. It sparkles, it nourishes, it’s cleansing, it doesn’t stain like coffee or wine does. It should be the most important slurp of choice but for some reason it comes second… or 3rd…. or sometimes just in the cubes in a delicious margarita…. still not paleo.

But why? Why is it so important and how much should you drink?   Lets start with how much you should be drinking…

For example: If you weigh 160 lbs you will need to drink 80 oz of water MINIMUM. Easy peasy, now get ta sippin!

This is where it gets fun, time to add in the diuretics. Diuretics impact the amount of water you should be drinking because they increase the excretion of urine from the body which can increase the chances dehydration.   If you are drinking coffee, tea, soft drinks, juice, alcohol (including tequila…. still not paleo) these should all have an impact on your water intake.

Let’s say you had 2 cups of coffee in the morning (16oz) + a Juice at lunch (16oz) + and 2 beers after work  (24oz) = 56oz of diuretics

You still weigh 160 lbs:
(56 x 1.5) + 160 / 2 = 137.5 MINIMUM oz of daily water intake

But why?  Did you know that water is the most common nutritional deficiency among American people.  It is so vital in our homeostasis and is really the conductor for our whole body because without proper hydration our overall health is greatly impacted.  It’s the feel good elixir that our body loooooves.

The roles of  water in your beautiful hot bod:

  • Removes waste and flushes toxins
  • Empowers the body’s natural healing process
  • Cushions bones and joints and also absorbs shock to the joints and organs (athletes and flight attendants who can’t find a jumpseat or a nice lap during turbulence listen up)
  • Transports nutrients
  • Regulates body temperature
  • Moistens oxygen for easier breathing
  • Improves oxygen delivery to cells
  • Enables cellular hydration and improves the cell to cell communication
  • Maintains the normal electrical properties of cells

SO pretty much what all those fancy words mean is if your body becomes dehydrated it will cry out to you with these early SOS flares:

  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Cravings
  • Cramps
  • Headaches
  • No Thanks

And when you’ve become really dehydrated your body will  hurt and start to yell at you with signs of:

  • Heartburn
  • Joint Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Migraines
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Constipation
  • Colitis
  • Super Mean

As flight attendants we encounter so many toxins whether it be all of the recycled air, a bajillion germs, insomnia, or hitting the crew juice too hard. Drinking water is a simple and easy thing to do which benefits our body and health greatly. For athletes, hydration is key in optimal performance and in healthy post workout recovery.