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by Niki Kovács on January 30, 2018
Have you ever experienced feeling like a flower opening after drinking a big glass of water? That is your body’s breath of relief. Let’s see the top 10 health reasons why your body is thankful for you drinking enough water.
Water naturally moisturizes skin and ensures proper cellular formation underneath layers of skin. This gives your skin a healthy, glowing appearance.
You might hear that it does not matter what fluids you drink, since all have water in them. Well, this is not quite the case. It is difficult for the body to get it from sources other than water itself. Soft drinks and alcohol, coffee and tea steal tremendous amounts of water from the body. It is especially important to drink a glass or two after having any of these beverages.
Dehydration can occur not only when you feel very thirsty. Your body needs water during winter, too, not only during the hottest months. Do you feel like craving more food during winter? This might come as a result of dehydration that is more common when the dryness occurs during winter.
Water regulates the body’s cooling system. It works better for moderate exercise than carbohydrates or sugared beverages. As an example, if you drink 3,5 dl of water, 2,4 dl are absorbed by your body your body will within 15 minutes. If you drink the same amount of a 10% sugar solution (typical for soft drinks), only 0,3 dl of water will be absorbed in the same period of time.
Water is essential for proper circulation in the body, since the level of oxygen in the bloodstream depends on the hydration level of the body. With the presence of enough oxygen, your body can utilize stored fat for energy. Besides, increased oxygen levels also provide you more energy.
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Not drinking enough water consistantly can lead to chronic cellular dehydration, where the body’s cell are not hydrated enough. Dehydration causes weakened immune state, where diseases attack the vulnerable cells more easily. The body’s overall immune system is weakened then, which can cause a host of diseases.
Water helps the body to remove toxins, in particular from the digestive tract. It suppresses the appetite naturally and helps the body metabolize stored fat. A decrease in water intake causes fat deposits to increase, while drinking more can reduce that.
It makes up nearly 85% of your brain, about 80% of your blood and about 70% of your lean muscle. Therefore the neccessary amount of water intake is key to every part of the human body.
It plays a key role in nearly every bodily function, not enough intake comes with many signs. Lack of water is the number one reason for daytime fatigue. A 2% decrease in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic mathematical thinking, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
Life does not exist without it. You must keep you body hydrated by constantly adding fresh water to is. Water can be a cure for many common problems, such as headaches, fatigue and joint pain. We can go for weeks without food, but we can survive for only 3 days without water!
If you can’t stand the taste of water, forcing yourself hard to drink the proper amount won’t work for you. Instead, make your drink interesting. Adding fruits and/or veggies gives it a nice flavour and increases the number of positive effects by providing vitamins, too. Minimize fruit juices, though, since it’s a big load of sugar for the body to process once. Your blood sugar spiking and then crashing can make you cranky, which is not the result you are going for. Try to avoid artificially flavored water beverages that consist of unnatural ingredients and often have a higher sugar content.
Do you feel like you simply have no time to go to the kitchen and get yourself water? Make hydration one of your everyday tasks. You can make it more convenient by putting a glass on your desk or keep a refillable bottle in reach. You can also get a bottle of water or two in the morning, and make sure you empty both by the end of the day.
Fit hydrating into your routine so you don’t have to think about it. Drink water when waking up, having breakfast, eating your meals, before and after exercising and before going to bed. Keep your glass or bottle on your desk as a reminder. If this does not work, use post its or alerts on your phone to remind you.
Don’t mind having to get up a lot to use the restroom. Look at it as the perfect opportunity to get out of your chair more often, which helps you refresh a little.
Don’t forget: water is the #1 ingredient of a healthy diet and lifestyle. It is key for proper body functions, that makes it a huge influencer of your physical and mental wellbeing.
In 2015, 71% of the global population used a safely managed drinking-water service. You are one of those people, you are given the chance to live a healthy lifestyle. Take it and make drinking water a part of your daily routin to ensure you support your body and mind, and bring the best out of yourself.
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Niki is an enthusiastic coffee admirer and ballroom dance lover with the desire to travel and explore the world. She's dreaming of owning her own cafe, speaking perfect French and making the best ever pancakes one day.