Why You Should Be Drinking More Water
One of our most precious resources, water serves many purposes particularly in our bodies. Drinking water has various health benefits including aiding in weight loss, in addition to playing a key role in human bodily functions. Some of those key functions of water are that it transports nutrients and oxygen into our cells, moisturizes the air in our lungs, helps with metabolism, detoxifies, protects and moisturizes our joints, protects our organs and helps our organs to better absorb nutrients. And did you know that our brain consists mostly of water, ninety percent to be exact. So if our bodies don’t receive adequate water, then our brains cannot function properly. And that leads to health issues.
Not drinking enough water causes dehydration which is when your body does not have enough water to perform normal functions. Symptoms of dehydration include fatigue, hunger, thirst, dry skin and dark urine. When you have sufficient water intake, the urine is a pale yellow to clear in color while a dark color or strong smell in urine generally means that you need to drink more water. Thirst being the most obvious of symptoms, another sign of dehydration usually shows up on the largest and most exposed of our organs, our skin. When you are dehydrated, your skin dries out sort of like how a plant does when not watered enough. Additional symptoms of dehydration are anxiety, irritability, depression, headache, sleep disorders and cravings which wreak havoc on your weight loss goals.
Some harmful effects on the body that result from dehydration are:
• Muscle cramps
• Irregular blood pressure
• Kidney problems
• 20% dehydrated – risk of death
According to Dr. F. Batmanghelid, an MD who wrote the book Water Cures: Drugs Kill, most of the so-called incurable diseases are nothing but signs of dehydration. The lack of water can damage the body in the form of asthma, heart failure, autoimmune diseases, obesity, osteoporosis and even cancers.
Ok, so we know that water is important and vital to our health. But do you really know what the health benefits of drinking enough water are? Aside from preventing the symptoms previously mentioned, you will be amazed at what drinking enough water can do for you and your overall health. The following are the top 11 health benefits of drinking water:
1. Weight Loss – drinking water helps with weight loss by reducing hunger and flushing down the by-products of fat breakdown. Water is also naturally calorie free.
2. Cures Headaches – dehydration is the common cause for a headache, so drinking water relieves headaches, as well as back pain due to dehydration.
3. Younger, healthier skin – when you are properly hydrated, your skin looks younger. Water moisturizes the skin, replenishes skin tissues and increases skin elasticity.
4. Better Productivity – because the brain is mainly made up of water, drinking water helps with alertness and concentration and helps you think better.
5. Better Exercise – water is a natural source of energy, so drinking water keeps you energized so you’re able to exercise. Plus water helps fuel your muscles which is important when exercising.
6. Helps in Digestion – drinking water raises your metabolism which helps digestion
7. Less Cramps – drinking adequate water keeps joints and muscles lubricated so you are less likely to get cramps and sprains.
8. Feel Healthy, Less Sick – drinking water improves your immune system, it helps fight the flu among other ailments like kidney stones and heart attacks.
9. Relieves Fatigue – the body uses water to flush out toxins and waste products and if it lacks water, your vital organs have to work harder which ultimately exhaust you and your organs.
10. Good Mood – when your body feels good, you feel good.
11. Reduce Cancer Risk – some studies show that drinking a healthy amount of water may reduce the risks of bladder and colon cancer. Water dilutes the concentration of cancer-causing agents in the urine and shortens the time they are in contact with bladder lining.
Do you now see the importance of drinking enough water? Generally, you can stick to the 8×8 rule which is 8 eight ounce glasses of water a day. However everyone’s need varies, so if you’re concerned about your water intake or have health issues, check with your doctor or a registered dietitian. They can determine the amount of water that is right for you. Until then, live well and drink up…water that is!
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