It seems that every time you walk into your local grocery store there are more options for us to drink. Through the sea of options we now have available to us, we can at times forget what is at the base of everything we consume - water. Too often people will pass up water for the more sugary alternative not truly understanding just how important water is to our overall health.
Our bodies are made up of two thirds water. Here is a simple breakdown of how our body utilizes water:
- The blood that flows through your body and delivers nutrients is ~82% water.
- The muscles that articulate your bones and move your body are ~75% water.
- Lungs that pump oxygen crucial to your survival are ~90% water.
- Bones that protect your organs are ~25% water.
- Your brain is a whopping ~76% water.
As you can see, water is crucial to our overall health and biological make up and our lives depend on it. We could actually survive longer without food than we could without water. Yet in spite of its importance, many people still neglect the health benefits of water. Every function within our bodies in some way or some form requires water.
To list all of the health benefits of water it would leave you reading this post for days. Instead, listed below are some of the key benefits to keep in mind and keep you drinking your water.
Being dehydrated can sap your energy and make you feel tired -- even mild dehydrating of as little as 1 or 2 percent of your body weight. If you're thirsty, you're already dehydrated -- and this can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, dizziness and other symptoms.
Another symptom of dehydration is headaches. In fact, often when we have headaches it's simply a matter of not drinking enough water. There are lots of other causes of headaches of course, but dehydration is a common one.
Drinking water can clear up your skin and help you look more fresh and glowing. Commit to drinking a healthy amount of water over a week and see the effects on your skin.
Our digestive systems need a good amount of water to digest food properly. Often water can help cure stomach acid problems, and water along with fiber can cure constipation again, often a result of dehydration.
Cleansing & Kidney Health
Water is used by the body to help flush out toxins and waste products from the body. The more water you drink the better your kidneys will function.
We all know it is essential to drink water when exercising, but did you know being dehydrated can severely hamper your workouts? Slowing you down and making your workouts harder. So the best time to drink water is actually two hours before you plan to exercise, and of course during and after.
Water is one of the best tools for weight loss. Why? Because it often replaces high-calorie drinks like soft-drink and alcohol with a drink that has no fat, no calories, no carbs, no sugar. It is also a great appetite suppressant, and often when we think we're hungry, we're actually just thirsty. So if you are wanting to lose weight - increase your water.
Do you find it hard to get yourself to drink water? Here are 6 ways to make water a habit for you:
- Drink a glass of water with each meal.
- Carry a water bottle with you throughout the day.
- Keep water on your desk at work.
- When you feel like a snack, try drinking water first.
- Reach for water instead of a coffee or soft-drink.
- Track your water. Record the number of glasses you drink a day.
Stay hydrated - your body will thank you for it!