I cannot over emphasize the importance of drinking lots of water everyday. It is as important as taking in oxygen. In order for your body system to function correctly and your skin to look its best and most youthful, it is vital to remain well hydrated at all times. This means drinking lots of clean water throughout the day. Check out some of the benefits of drinking water below;
1. For starters, our bodies were made up of about 60 to 70 percent of water. Blood is mostly water, and your muscles, lungs and brain all contain lots of water. Your body needs water to regulate body temperature and provide the means for nutrients to travel to all your organs. Water also transports oxygen to your cells, removes waste and protects your joints.
2. Our digestive system needs a good amount of water to digest properly. Often times, water can help cure acid problems, and when combined with fibre can cure constipation, which is often as a result of dehydration.
3. The body uses water to help flush out toxins and waste product. Water literally cleanses the system and rids it of threatening elements.
4. Drinking a healthy amount of water has also been found to reduce the risk of colon cancer by 45 percent. Drinking lots of water can reduce the risk of bladder cancer by as much as 50 percent and can potentially reduce the risk of breast cancer.
5. Water is a great tool for weight loss. Replace high calorie drinks, such as sodas and alcohol with water.
6. Drinking water can clear up your skin and keep it looking young and fresh. Many people often report a healthy glow after drinking a lot of fresh water. I personally can testify to this.
Effects of Dehydration
Below is a list of some damages you may be causing in your body if you don’t drink water;
- Being dehydrated can sap energy and make you feel tired. If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated and this can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, dizziness, etc.
- Another symptom of dehydration is headaches. Most times, the headaches we feel is simply due to the fact that we are dehydrated. According to Higgins, the brain sits inside a fluid sack that keeps it from bumping against the skull. If that fluid sack is depleted or running low because of dehydration, the brain can push up against parts of the skull, causing headaches. Of course, there are other causes of headaches, but dehydration is one of the most common.
- Saliva has antibacterial properties in it, which are very useful, but dehydration can prevent your body from making a lot saliva. “if you are not producing enough saliva, you can get bacteria overgrowth and one of the side reactions of that is bad breath from chronic dehydration.
Tips For Staying Hydrated
- Fill up your water bottle and keep it handy at all times.
- You can spice up plain water, just incase you do not like your water plain. There are lots of water recipes you can choose from.
- Sip more during meals.
- Opt for room temperature or cooler water.
Important Tips To Note
How do you know when you are dehydrated?
- Check your urine. If you are well-hydrated your urine will be mostly clear with a tinge of yellow. Yellow, chardonnay and orange are warning colors to watch for. When you are 3 percent dehydrated your urine will be noticeably yellow. When your body is about 5 percent dehydrated, your urine will appear chardonnay in color. When your body is more than five percent dehydrated, which is considered as severe, your urine will appear orange.