Our bodies consist of about 60% water. Therefore, it makes sense that water is crucial to our health and well-being. We are constantly losing fluid – through the skin, urine, and even though the breath – and if we do not fill the fluid level, then we run the risk of becoming dehydrated. As this article will explain, even a very mild level of dehydration has a significant impact on our daily ability.
We all know that water is good for us, but most of us just don’t drink enough water, and instead of drinking water, we consume more juice, soda, or coffee when we’re thirsty.
In this article, we will explain why water is so important to your health.
Water helps our brainpower.
A recent study found that even mild dehydration can impair aspects of our brain function. Another study found that fluid loss of just over 1% in young men is detrimental to their working memory, and has also led to higher rates of anxiety and low mood.
Your tummy will be healthier.
According to researchers, your stomach needs three key things for good digestion: fiber, exercise, and water. It maintains waste that moves properly around your digestive tract and helps prevent bloating.
It can reduce the risk of cancer.
Research has shown that good hydration can reduce the risk of colon and bladder cancer by 45-50%, and is also associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer.
Water does not contain calories!
Just think about saving when you reach for a glass of water instead of soda or natural juice, which both waste around 150 calories (sweetened juice has twice as much!) The same goes for food – foods rich in water content are bigger, healthier and fuller because they are absorbed more slowly by the body. These include foods such as fruits and vegetables, oats, beans, and broth-based soups.
Water relieves constipation.
It may be embarrassing to talk about it, but constipation is a very common problem and one of the key treatment protocols is consuming more water. According to researchers, constipation is particularly large in people with low water intake, so consuming a lot of water will act as both a preventative measure and as a treatment option.
Your kidneys need water to cleanse your body.
Our kidneys are tasked with keeping our bodies free of toxins, and fluid allows this process to happen. The main toxin in our body is blood urea nitrogen and water-soluble, which means that if we have enough fluid, the kidneys easily flush it through the urine. And on that note, urine is a good indicator of whether you are well hydrated. It should be light in color with little odor. If you are dehydrated, your urine becomes darker with a stronger odor.
Water is essential for healthy skin.
Our skin is our largest organ and needs to be well hydrated. The American Skin Association recommends drinking at least 8 glasses of water each day to keep your skin soft and clear. Water allows the skin to regenerate new cells faster and maintain clean pores and regulate body temperature by sweating. Dehydration can cause dull, dry skin and premature wrinkles.
Water makes us stronger.
When our muscle cells do not have enough fluid, our electrolytes shrivel, making our muscles tired. This means that your water intake is especially important when you exercise, and drinking water for several hours before exercising will allow your muscles to be at their best. It is also important to drink small amounts regularly during exercise to make up for the amount you sweat.
It helps with joint pain.
You may have heard of glucosamine, a common supplement that helps with joint pain. What you may not know is that glucosamine helps in the cartilage’s ability to absorb water, so water is a key ingredient in keeping your cartilage soft and hydrated.
You will be less hungover.
Alcohol is a diuretic and therefore causes you to lose more water than you consume. It is unconstitutional because you drink so much liquid, but no one can dispute that awful, dry-mouthed thirst you wake up with. A good way to combat dehydration and therefore less.
Remember, it’s a good habit to carry a bottle with you so that you get into a regular routine of drinking water.
You can give it a delicious taste and extra nutrients by adding a slice of lemon or orange, berries, cucumbers, or fresh mint leaves.
Try experimenting with different ways to increase your water intake. Find out what works for you, set goals, and get hydrated! You will feel the difference.