Happy (Belated) World Water Day

glass of water

glass of water

World Water Day was March 22nd, and while I’m a couple of days later with this post, I still want to pay homage to the clean drinking water that I enjoy.  And often take for granted.  (There are certainly things each of us can do to develop, protect, and sustain access to clean water.)  Water is a necessary part of the food chain, is life sustaining, and is an integral part of a healthy life.

A lifestyle of travel can take its toll on your health.  So what do we do?  Drink up!  Too much airplane time?  Up your intake of clean, fresh water as an antidote to the bad things the pressurized cabin is doing to it.  Drinking a little too many espressos in that charming café?  Increase the water you drink to offset the dehydration that caffeine can cause.  Perhaps a few too many late nights (and Singapore Slings)?  Water before bedtime can help stave off that dehydrated morning after headache.

Here are a few more reasons why it’s important to drink water:

  • It’s essential to our survival, we can’t live without it
  • Helps with weight loss – ZERO calories, no fat, no sugar, no carbohydrates
  • Acts as an appetite suppressant
  • It can increase our metabolism
  • Keeping hydrated will help stave off fatigue, and help maintain energy levels
  • Flushing our wastes and bacteria from our system and keeping kidneys healthy
  • Reduces the risk of colon, breast, and bladder cancer
  • Helps alleviate headaches
  • Keep skin moisturized and nourished
  • Aids in digestion, and can help prevent acid stomach and constipation
  • Can lower the risk of a heart attack
  • Keeps muscle cells hydrated when exercising
  • Transports nutrients and oxygen in our blood stream to help keep us healthy
  • Helps avoid sunstroke
  • Will help lower blood pressure
  • Will make some medications work faster and more effectively

So drink up and drink often – water, that is.  And don’t forget to get involved with Clean Water Day, a good cause 365 days a year.

Photo credit:  SXC

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Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

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