I believe we have all heard the phrase ‘Water is life’, but how many of us actually take it seriously and drink enough water everyday?
Did you know that your body weight is approximately 60 percent water? Your body uses water in all its cells, organs, and tissues to help regulate its temperature and maintain other bodily functions. Because your body loses water through breathing, sweating, and digestion, it’s important to re-hydrate by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water. The amount of water you need depends on a variety of factors, including the climate you live in, how physically active you are, and whether you’re experiencing an illness or have any other health problems.
Alright, so here are some amazing benefits to drinking enough water daily;
- Prevent Headaches; Some headaches are caused by dehydration, so when you drink enough water, you can prevent or alleviate that troublesome headache. So next time your head aches, try drinking some water.
- Helps prevent some cancers; Yeah, you read right…various research indicate that staying hydrated can reduce the risk of colon cancer by 45%, bladder cancer by 50% and possible reduce breast cancer risk as well.
- Improves your mood; research says being dehydrated can negatively affect your mood and make you cranky, grumpy and confused. Drink more water to have better mental clarity and improve your mood.
- Helps in digestion and maintenance of normal bowel movement; digestion starts in the mouth, with saliva, the basis of which is water. Water is necessary to help you digest soluble fibre, which benefits your bowel health and helps you pass stool easily.
- Improves the function of the kidney; the fluids the body work to transport waste products between cells. The kidneys are responsible for eliminating toxins such as blood urea nitrogen, which is water soluble. In order for the kidneys to work well, you have to drink enough water. A sign of having enough fluids in your body is when your urine is odor-free and color-free. Not drinking enough water increases your risk of kidney stones (which is very painful and might require surgery).
- Helps reduce joint pains; Water keeps the cartilage soft, this can reduce pain in the joints.
- Makes your skin glow; Dehydration leads to a wrinkled and dry skin. When you’re drinking plenty water however, your skin helps you from losing excess amount of fluid. If you want to help lock the moisture into your skin, you can use a moisturizer as these create a physical barrier so your skin won’t lose the moisture.
- Protects Your Tissues, Spinal Cord, and Joints; Water keeps the tissues in your body moist, this can mostly be felt in sensitive areas like the nose,eyes and the mouth. It also helps protect the spinal cord and acts as a lubricant and cushion for the joints.
- Aids in exercising; sweating during exercising causes the muscles to lose water. When this happens, the muscles get ‘tired’. Drinking water helps energize the muscles during exercising.
- Regulates body temperature; water prevents the body from overheating when the temperature outside is very high. sweating is the main way the body regulates temperature. When you sweat, the evaporation translates to loss of calories in the form of heat, this released energy enables the internal temperature to be decreased.
So What Should You Do…?
The amount of water you need to drink a day is not really fixed; it varies depending on your activity level, age, and how much water you are consuming in tea, or water-rich vegetables and fruit. Here’s how to keep yourself hydrated: Begin by drinking a glass of water as soon as you wake up, and 30 minutes before eating any big meal. (This will help control appetite too.) Try keeping a water bottle on hand at all times. In all, try to drink at least 2 liters or 8 glasses of water daily.
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