10 LIFE-CHANGING REASONS TO DRINK MORE WATER
Have you gone all day without drinking water ? Did it even occurred to you that you are thirsty?
Guess what – by the time you experience the sensation of the thirst, you are already dehydrated.
That thirst is your body calling for re-hydration.
Your body is composed of roughly 60-70% water. That means when we are dehydrated – and most of us spend our days constantly dehydrated to some degree – we are affecting the performance of the majority of our body. Nearly all of our systems do not function as well without the proper water intake.
So, really, what does this mean? Why should we drink more water?
If you don’t drink water, plain and simple, you will die. It’s that important. Depending on our environment, we can live only a few days without water – maybe a week if we are lucky. We can live much longer without food than we can without water. For most of us, we should prioritize the consumption of water far more than we currently do. Here are a few reasons why we need to drink plenty of water:
- Prevent cancer. Yes, that’s right – various researches says staying hydrated can reduce risk of colon cancer by 45%, bladder cancer by 50%, and possibly reduce breast cancer risk as well
- Be less cranky. Dehydration can affect your mood and make you grumpy and confused. Think about the times you are so thirsty and pay attention to how you feel. Water helps you to think clearer and makes you happier when you body is hydrated.
- Perform better. Proper hydration contributes to increased athletic performance. Water composes 75% of our muscle tissue! Dehydration can lead to weakness, fatigue, dizziness, and electrolyte imbalance. So on your next workout, make sure you consume plenty of water before a good hard workout and drink some through out as well.
- Lose weight. Sometimes we think we are hungry, when actually we are thirsty. Our body just starts turning on all the alarms when we ignore it. For those of you trying to drop some pounds, staying hydrated can serve as an appetite suppressant and help with weight loss. The best thing to do is drink water infused with fruits and herbs through out the day.
- Have less joint pain. Drinking water can reduce pain in your joints by keeping the cartilage soft and hydrated. This is actually how glucosamine helps reduce joint pain, by aiding in cartilage’s absorption of water.
- Flush out waste and bacteria. Our digestive system needs water to function properly. If we don’t drink water, we don’t flush out all that nasty waste and it collects in our body causing some major problems. When you combine water and fiber it can truly help with constipation.
- Prevent headaches. Most of the time headaches can be caused by lack of water, so drinking plenty of this miracle liquid can prevent or alleviate that nasty head pain. Next time your head hurts, try drinking water.
- Make your skin glow. Our skin is the largest organ in our body. Regular water consumption and the proper amount can improve the color and texture of your skin by keeping it building new cells properly. Drinking water also helps the skin sweat and reduce body temperatures. Try drinking the proper amount of water for 1 week straight then take a look at your face and see how much nicer it looks. Same with your skin.
- Feed your body. Water helps to transport food through your system and when your dehydrated things just can’t get around. It is most needed for the proper circulation of nutrients in the body.
Quick rules of thumb for drinking water:
- For every pound you weigh, you should drink 1/2 to 1 ounce of water per day. (150Lb = 75 – 150 ounces of water)
- Carry a bottle everywhere with you as a reminder to keep drinking.
- You can get water from eating raw fruits and vegetables – they are dense in water. (Cucumbers, watermelon)
- Drink water, teas, and other healthy fluids until you urinate frequently and with light color.
How much water should you drink every day ?
So many people ask, how much water should I really be drinking each day?
While it may be a simple question, there is no easy answer. That is because it all depends on many factors like how active you are, what your body weight is and your surrounding climate.
The best way to calculate is how I stated earlier. Half to one ounce per body pounds. So if you weight 150 lbs that would be 75 to 150 ounces per day. If you are very active and live in a dry areas, I would recommend you drink closer to the higher amount to make sure you are always fully hydrated.
What are the health benefits of water?
Now that we know that water makes up 60-70% of your body weight and is your bodies principal chemical component, we know our body depends on water to keep it functioning properly.
Here’s a few reasons why we need it; water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries the nutrients to your cells, and provides a moist environment for nose, throat and ear tissues.
Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don’t have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired. As a person with any type of autoimmune disorder you will find how critical water can be to keep inflammation down. Here are a few more reason what water can do for you:
- Flushes toxins out of your body
- Increases energy and relieve fatigue
- Helps with headaches
- Helps you lose weight
- Prevents cramps and sprains
- Boost your immune system
- Helps to keep you regular
- Improves your skin complexion