Surprisingly, the second most popular drink in America today is water. However, the benefits of drinking water have been oversold in that the 8 glasses a day “rule” is more of a suggestion since there isn’t any scientific evidence for it. Nevertheless, there’s still plenty of reasons we should be drinking plenty of it each day – dehydration being the biggest concern, especially if you live in a warm climate or at a high altitude, exercise a lot, or you’re older in age. There are 6 main reasons why this is important.
Why Drinking Water is so Important
There are many reasons why drinking water is so important, including:
- Water helps balance your body’s fluids. Your body is composed 60% water, which is necessary for digestion, saliva, transporting nutrients, circulation, absorption, and maintaining your body’s temperature.
- Water helps control calories because you’re not “drinking up calories.” Food that contains a lot of water (e.g. fruits, vegetables, broth-based soup, oatmeal) looks bigger, requires more chewing, and takes more time for your body to digest – think of it as exercise for your body.
- Water energizes your muscles. They grow fatigued when they don’t have enough fluids and electrolytes. This makes them not perform as well – something that’s particularly important when you exercise.
- Water helps your skin look good. When you’re dehydrated, your skin looks dryer and has more wrinkles. Lock some of this water into your skin by using moisturizer. Of course, your kidneys will get rid of any excess fluid.
- Water helps your kidneys function properly. Their job is to transport waste products in and out of your cells. One of the main toxins here is blood urea nitrogen – a water-soluble waste that your kidneys do a great job of getting rid of as long as you’re drinking water. You’ll know that this process is working correctly because you’ll have light colored, odorless urine. Of course, when this doesn’t happen, you’ll develop kidney stones so you’ll know something isn’t working correctly.
- Water helps your bowels maintain normal functioning – things will flow smoothly along your gastrointestinal tract and prevents you from becoming constipated. When you’re not drinking water your colon will pull water out of your stools to help keep it hydrated and the end result of this is that you’ll be constipated. Having enough water and fiber is the perfect answer to this because fluids help increase your fiber, which keeps your bowels working correctly.
Adding More Water to Your Life
- Drink some water with every snack or meal you eat.
- Flavor water in ways you’ll enjoy to encourage yourself to drink more of it.
- Increase the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat. Their high water content help you remain hydrated.
- Always have a bottle of water nearby.
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