Drink more water. We hear it all the time. I think by now we all know that drinking lots of water is good for you. But why? I’ve narrowed it down to 8 solid reasons why you need to drink up!
Balance of Body Fluids. Your body is composed of about 60% water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.
Kidney function. Kidneys process nearly 200 litres of blood daily. Their job is to clear out waste and transport urine to the bladder. To ensure that they operate at maximum capacity, they need enough fluids – like water!
Bowel Function. When you don’t get enough fluid, the colon pulls water from stools to maintain hydration – resulting in constipation.
Weight loss. The reasons for this are two-fold: one is that substituting water for higher calorie beverages can cut calories. The second is that drinking lots of water help you to feel full.
Improved workouts: When your muscles don’t have enough water, they get tired more quickly. So drinking water will provide your body with extra energy to make more out of your time at the gym.
Clearer skin. Drinking water can flush out the toxins in the body that can cause the skin to inflame resulting in clogged pores and acne.
Stay alert. One of the most common symptoms of dehydration is tiredness.
Natural Headache Remedy – Drinking water helps to relieve and prevent headaches which are commonly caused by dehydration.
If you have a hard time getting enough water in your daily routine, try a few of these tricks:
- Buy a water bottle. Have this bottle and fill it up in the morning. Set goals as to how many bottles to drink each day. Don’t worry about feeling water-logged or bloated. You will be surprised to see how quickly your body adjusts to your body’s new hydration.
- Keep your water bottle at your desk. You are more likely to drink water if it is right there – easily accessible and ready to drink.
- Drink what you like. If you aren’t a fan of “plain old” water, try adding either a sugar-free water-flavouring or lemon. An added bonus is that the lemon also flushes out toxins and improves your immune system.
So if you haven’t been convinced by this blog to drink more water, I have one more thing to add…drinking water is free! (the good ‘ole fashioned “from the tap” variety at least!) Don’t we all like free stuff? Cheers!