Water has always been a part of everyone and everything. There is no living thing on this plane that can sustain itself without water. All through your life, you have heard your parents and doctors tell you that it’s important to keep hydrated by drinking water. Subconsciously, you’ve always known water is important, however, there have never been real reasons given to you as to why water is so important. I use to only drink when I’m thirsty. However, you should be drinking water as much as possible. I personally drink 8+ glasses of water a day because I know it’s the essence of life. Here’s 8 health reasons why you should join me in this water drinking crusade.
Maintain Balance of Body Fluids
A large percent of your body is made of water. The water in you help run your systems such as digestion, circulation, transportation of nutrients. Most importantly, it helps keep your internal temperature at a level that is acceptable.
Water Helps Control Your Weight
If you stay hydrated enough, your brain will not trigger your thirst mechanism. Sometimes this mechanism can be mistaken for hunger, leading you to eat unnecessary calories. Other times, it makes lead you to drink something with higher calorie content than water. While water doesn’t guarantee weight loss, it works as a great a no calorie filler.
Water Helps Energize Muscles
Why is it that when people exercise, they need to stay hydrated? This is because when your muscles move, it is absorbing and using up water at a very quick pace. This leads to a change in the balance of your fluids and leads your electrolytes to decrease. The correct term of being tired after or during a workout is “muscle fatigue.” It does not actually mean you are tired; simply your brain is wired to think you are tired because you have used up water in your system. It is why people can keep going if they just have a quick drink of water.
Water Helps Your Kidneys
Your kidneys have to clean out a lot of waste products in your system. They can’t do it without the help of water. Water is what gives the kidneys energy to keep working and is also used as a transportation vessel to clean out your body. Once the water passes through the kidneys to pick up the toxins, it is excreted through your urine.
Water Replaces Anti-Aging Products
This is a given fact, but something not many people live by. Water keeps your skin moisturized and keeps it looking youthful with the constant circulation of blood. The water also helps retain the elasticity and prevents dryness by detoxifying it, riding it of toxins that may make you age.
Water Helps Your Body Fight Bacteria
When you are sick, you’re supposed to drink more water. This is because the more water you drink, the quicker you will flush out any bacteria in your system. Not only does water flush bugs out but it also rejuvenates your body while it is recovering from the attack. It allows water back into the muscles and also bring your body temperature down.
Water Can Make You Smarter
Despite this sounding crazy, there actually has been research done that shows water improves your cognitive function by almost 30%. The water going into your system carriers oxygen to your brain and allows your brain more energy to ensure you’re focused and can recall things easier. It also supports nerve function which means you are able to relay messages to and from your brain quicker.
Water Helps Lubricate
Of all the places that water can help lubricate, the least known place is your joints. The joints actually need to be moisturized with water to ensure it works properly and smoothly. Water keeps the joints from becoming inflexible and it aids in making sure you are able to move pain free.
In the end, it’s really not that hard to drink lots of water. Just pour yourself a glass and make it a habit . Males on average need roughly 3 liters (13 cups) of water a day, while females need 2.2 liters (9 cups) a day in temperate climates. I challenge you to keep track of how much water you drink a day, for an entire week. Make it a goal to drink at least 8 cups/glasses a day and see how your body reacts to the influx of hydration. If you feel good, keep doing it!