Today is dedicated to something we cannot live without. No, I’m not talking about your cell phone, I am talking about high quality H20. Happy National Hydration Day!

According to “National Today," National Hydration Day was created in honor of late football coach Victor Hawkins, who invented a special hydrating mouthguard to keep his players healthy on the field. SafeTGard, the company that now sells his invention, launched the holiday after Hawkins’ passing to honor his legacy and to encourage others to stay hydrated.

A natural healer, water helps clear headaches, acnes, and hangovers. Not to mention, we wouldn’t last very long if we didn’t have it. That’s why I feel so grateful to have access to clean drinking water. I can go to the fridge and fill up a tall glass of cold water without wondering if it’s contaminated or unsafe to ingest. I wish it could be that way for everyone in this world and I pray we see a day where it is.

For now, let’s take a look at some benefits of hydration, obtained from Medical News Today:

  • It lubricates joints
  • It forms saliva and mucus, helping us digest food
  • It delivers oxygen throughout the body
  • It boosts skin health and beauty
  • It cushions the brain, spinal cord, and other sensitive tissues
  • It regulates body temperature
  • The digestive system depends on it to work properly
  • It flushes body waste
  • It helps maintain blood pressure
  • Our airways need it. When dehydrated, the airwaves restrict to minimize water loss
  • It makes minerals and nutrients accessible to our bodies
  • It prevents kidney damage
  • It boosts performance during exercise
  • It aids in weight loss when consumed instead of sweetened juices and sodas
  • It reduces the chance of a hangover

You shouldn’t wait to feel thirsty to drink water. Regulate water intake daily and watch the benefits take ahold.

For National Hydration Day, I wanted to see if I could give back and help the world get one step closer to accessible drinking water, so I decided to donate to Waterkeeper Alliance, an organization working to ensure that every community worldwide has drinkable, fishable, and swimmable water. Click here to learn more on how you can donate or get involved.

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