Your brain is made of 90 percent water, and your blood is made up of over 80 percent water, and your bones are made of 50 percent water. And that’s not even taking into consideration all the bodies cells, tissues, muscles and organs.
Water: The Miracle Drink.
You can’t go anytime you select water to drink. It provides the body a way to cleanse the harmful toxins. Water is an important part in regulating body temperature and also plays a vital role in every chemical reaction inside our cells. It also plays a key role to lubricating our joints, promoting healthy skin, and keep our digestive systems functioning smoothly.
One of the great benefits of drinking water regularly is that it boosts our energy levels and enhances our moods One important function of hydrating with water is that it helps to bolster the immune system, that can prevent heart diseases, cancer and even the cold and flu.
You need to Avoid Dehydration.
When the amount of water you drink is less than the amount you discharge, problems start to occur, starting with dehydration. Most people are chronically dehydrated, causing a lack of attention span, memory problems and increase in motor skills issues.
Dehydration can also cause brain tissue shrinkage. When you don’t drink enough water, our brains have to put in a whole lot more effort to perform at the same level. There have been studies done on students during exams. The students who did better brought in a water bottle with them to the exams. Drinking allows us to think more clearly, and gives us the ability to focus and concentrate better.
When you’re dehydrated, your skin looks grey and feels dry because your body prioritizes hydrating your organs first. The first place your skin will suffer is the skin on your face. Severe dehydration can have lasting effects which can result in fatigue, dizziness, weakness, headaches and in severe cases, unconsciousness.
Water is Essential For Your Health
1. Water Helps your Bowel Movements
When we don’t drink enough water, our large intestines and the colon, takes the hydration it needs from our stool, making it hard – a clear sign of constipation. The good news is that drinking plenty of water will help eliminate all these problems. It will help the digestive system, alleviate constipation, and help to regulate your bowel movement.
2. Water Works to Detoxify your body
Our kidneys have the crucial job of removing toxins from our bloodstream, especially the main toxin in our bodies called BUN (blood urea nitrogen), which we pass through urination. If our water consumption is less than what it should be, your kidneys will have a hard time removing these toxins. Toxins are the remaining junk that’s unused and needs to be removed, like urine, stool, and sweat. Drinking enough water helps your kidneys rid these toxins quite easily.
3. Water Powers Muscles & Joints
According to studies, a mere 2-3% loss in water weight can cause us fatigue, weakness, and can decrease your ability to think clearly. It also has a negative impact on your athletic performance, so much so that if our muscles don’t get enough water, they start to feel tired and can actually start to reduce in size.
On the flip side, drinking lots of water allows muscles to be more elastic. It will provide our muscles with the energy they need and helps them perform at their optimum levels. In addition, water helps hydrate and lubricate the joints in the body, which helps reduce joint pain and prevents muscle cramps.
4. Water helps to Satiate your Hunger
Any good dietician will tell you that drinking water, or eating foods that contain high water content, will curb our appetites. In addition, to go even a step further, water keeps us feeling full longer than other drinks because it’s such a high volume liquid.
Water also will boost your metabolism, and increase your body’s ability to burn fat. Drinking 2 glasses before a meal will help you digest and metabolize your food in less time.
5. Water Keeps Skin and Hair Soft
Water helps to improve skin hydration and improves the flow of healthy blood throughout the body, which gives you a much brighter complexion. It also helps rejuvenate skin cells and boost skin suppleness.
When it comes to your hair, because your hair is made up of 25% water, will shine brighter if you drink more water. Therefore, when you’re constantly replenishing your water intake, this can help to stimulate hair growth, as well as helps keep hair shaft strong, giving that shiny, glossy look.
How much Water is enough?
We’ve been told many times that we should drink eight glasses of water a day. However that is an average guideline. How much you drink depends on your body and how much water will sustain it and provide it with ample nourishment.
To calculate just how much water you really need, multiply your body weight (in pounds) by 0.55. Then divide the result by 8. What comes up is the number of cups you need to drink on a daily basis.
So for example, if you weight 200 lbs, then the calculation is: 200 X .55 / 8 = 13 cups. While this seems like a lot, its actually not as bad as you think. Change out some of the non-water drinks to water and you’ll consume your daily amount a lot faster than you think. And while pop contains water, its not water.
Here are a few ways you can sneak in those recommended glasses of water in your daily routine:
- Drink a glass of water before each snack and meal.
- Keep a bottle of water with you at all times, in your car, in your bag, at the gym or in the office.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables. About 20-25% of our daily fluid intake comes from our meals. So let their high water content add to your hydration.
- Exchange other drinks with drinking water.