In a world full of soda, juice, energy drinks, and other fun beverages it can sometimes be difficult to remember the most important drink of all: water. We know water is important, but what exactly is it good for? Here are 20 key reasons you should be drinking more water and how you will see improvement in your day to day life, as well as in your overall health.
1. Weight Management: Drink water before and during a meal to feel full and eat less. Also, dehydration is often misconstrued as hunger, so drinking water can help keep the munchies at bay.
2. Digestion Aid: Water is needed in order for our bodies to properly break down fiber and fats, therefore helping us to stay regular.
3. Prevent Cancer: Some research findings have shown that drinking water has helped reduce the risk of colon cancer, breast cancer, and the incidence of bladder cancer.
4. Maintain Body Fluids: With our bodies being sixty percent comprised of water, it is no surprise water is needed for many functions including digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients throughout the body, and regulation of body temperature.
5. Electrolyte Balance: Our cells need to have a balance of water and electrolytes and when we are off balance, our muscles can feel fatigued. Especially if you exercise regularly, drinking plenty of water is important to maintain this balance.
6. Great Skin: Drinking water helps your skin to maintain that healthy glow (and maybe even look younger!) and water has an important role in the barrier of our skin that helps prevent fluid loss, preventing our skin from looking dry.
7. Prevent Kidney Stones: Especially in the heat of the summer and warm climates year-round, drinking plenty of water is necessary to help the kidneys remove toxins from the body.
8. Improve Mood: Studies have shown dehydration can make you moody, so drinking water and staying hydrated can really help you to stay pleasant.
9. Reduce Joint Pain: Our joints, just like door hinges, need to be well lubricated in order to work properly. Water is needed to provide that fluid to the cartilage in our joints.
10. Stave Off Headaches: Some headaches are caused by dehydration, making drinking water a great way to keep these types of headaches at bay.
11. Clear Mind: Some research has shown signs of water aiding mental clarity and alertness. This can help improve your productivity throughout the day.
12. Brain Power: In addition to assistance with a clear mind, fighting off dehydration with proper water drinking can aid in your attention span, memory function, and motor skills.
13. Better Breath: Instead of popping mints and chewing gum, you may actually need to grab a bottle of water. As mentioned here, a dry mouth is the perfect breeding ground for the bacteria that causes bad breath. Drink more water to keep your mouth moist.
14. Reduce Coronary Heart Disease Risk: There may be evidence to the connection between water intake and the risk of death by coronary heart disease. As water consumption goes up, the risk goes down. Interestingly enough, as the intake of sodas and energy drinks goes up, the risk goes up as well.
15. Save Money: Unless you are buying a new water bottle, water is typically free. Whether you are out to eat or carrying your own water bottle around during the day, drinking water will help cut the cost of those other drinks you may have purchased in the past.
16. Immune System Booster: Those who drink plenty of water are more likely to get sick and if you do catch the flu, we all know fluids are a top priority for getting better.
17. Reduce Fatigue: Dehydration can also lead to feelings of mild fatigue. Feeling the afternoon slump? Grab a glass of water instead of a caffeinated drink.
18. Look Slimmer: If you find you are puffy or bloated, it is likely you are dehydrated. If we are not taking in enough water, our bodies will retain any water consumed in order to provide for its needs. Stay hydrated and you will see that bloating go down.
19. Improve Physical Performance: As our body is properly hydrated, the heart will be able to pump more efficient and circulation will increase. When we participate in physical activities, these functions will help us to be better athletes.
20. Heart Health: Our blood is made up partly of water, so staying hydrated plays a big part in regulating our blood pressure. This in turn can help contribute to a healthy heart (and brain) and proper nutrition is delivered to them reducing the risk of clotting, stroke, and heart attack.
So just how much water should you drink each day? One great way to determine this is to take your weight in pounds and divide it in half. This number will tell you the number of ounces of water you should take in each day in order experience all of these amazing benefits.