Water is a vital part of our lives. Seventy one percent of the earth’s surface is made up of water, and it makes up for two thirds of who we are. Having enough of it in our system helps facilitate important body functions that keep us physically and mentally fit. This should explain why we instantly feel better as soon as we drink it. If you need more convincing, here are 11 reasons why you should keep yourself hydrated with pure, unadulterated water – and not with sugary, carbonated or caffeinated drinks – at all times.
- Drinking water cleanses the body
Whether it’s 6 to 8 glasses or at least 2 liters a day, drinking a lot of water dissolves fat and soluble fiber, which in turn prevents constipation and helps your intestines, kidneys, and liver flush out harmful toxins from your body. Studies have shown that drinking water may reduce the risk of urinary tract infections and help pass out kidney stones – minerals that have crystallised in the kidneys. It can even lower the risk of bladder and colon cancer.
- Drinking water keeps you alert and focused
Driving while you’re dehydrated? Yikes, you might be prone to accidents on the road. Dehydration affects your attention span, memory, and motor skills. When you’re fully hydrated, your mind feels refreshed, allowing you to concentrate for longer periods of time, enough to arrive home to your loved ones safe and sound.
- Drinking water keeps your skin glowing
Water acts as your skin’s natural moisturiser, hydrating cells from within. When your skin is plump and supple, wrinkles and pores are less likely to be noticeable. You’ll be less prone to pimple breakouts and other skin irritations, too. If you want glossy, movie-star level hair, drinking water’s your best bet.
- Drinking water can help accelerate weight loss
Studies have shown that those who drank water before a meal lost weight faster than those who didn’t. That’s because drinking water helps us eat less by making us feel full. Plus, it helps boost metabolism. Since we often mistake thirst and tiredness for hunger, experts suggest that we drink water first before grabbing a bite of anything. It might be just what we need to give us an energy boost.
- Drinking water keeps you energised in the gym
The more intense the workout, the sweatier you tend to be. And it’s important to replace those lost fluids as soon as possible. If you want to take it a step further, have your sweat rate checked so you’ll know how much water intake is necessary.
Take note that having enough water in your system is just as necessary when you’re working out in cold weather. Extra layers of clothing will make you breathe harder and exert more effort. And since cold weather weakens thirst, you may not notice that dehydration has started to kick in.
Water also helps regulate overall body temperature, which keeps you feeling energetic while exercising.
- Drinking water keeps nasty hangovers away
After-work cocktails and those celebratory bottles of wine and beer can lead to dehydration, the main cause of hangovers. Drinking a glass of water after every glass of alcohol will keep you hydrated and functional the day after.
- Drinking water relieves common cold discomforts
Strengthen your immune system with more water intake. Loading up on water when you’re down with a cold relieves nasal congestion and relieves flu symptoms as well. On a related note, gargling salt water is a natural remedy for sore throat.
- Drinking water keeps your breath fresh
If that morning breath seems to last all day, chances are you’re not drinking enough water. Aside from brushing your teeth and flossing regularly, drinking water washes away food particles stuck between the teeth and the gum line. Don’t forget, bacteria can also be the culprit of the unpleasant mouth odor.
- Drinking water keeps joints well-oiled
If you’re the sporty type, be sure to level up your water intake to keep the cartilage (which, incidentally, is 85% water) around the joints hydrated and working in tip-top shape. It also protects the spinal cord and the tissues surrounding it. Plus, drinking enough water prevents cramps and other muscle aches from setting in.
- Drinking water relieves headaches
Going without water for too long can give you a massive headache and can actually trigger a migraine attack. Studies have shown that drinking an average of two glasses of water can relieve a headache within 30 minutes. Since prevention is always better than a cure, experts recommend that you stay hydrated all throughout the day.
- Drinking water is an instant mood booster
Even a mild dehydration can drastically alter your state of mind. Drink more water and notice your spirits lifted in an instant.
So, how can you incorporate more water into your daily routine? If you find water bland, perk up its flavor by adding orange or lemon slices – you’ll be absorbing more energising nutrients, too.
Ordering something spicy on your next dinner out will make you reach for a glass of water more often than usual. Also, skip the sodas and just ask your favourite server for a glass of water to save on calories and cash.
Keep a tumbler (a liter’s worth, perhaps?) on your work desk and take regular sips throughout the day. If you’re in the gym, keep a water bottle next to the treadmill or your yoga mat for easy access. Tech-savvy? Download apps like Waterlogged and Water Your
Body on your smartphone to remind you to drop by the water cooler frequently.
Did you know that you can also “eat” your water? Hydrate by nibbling on water-rich foods like watermelons, cucumbers, celery, or even a light, clear broth.
Making water a part of your diet and lifestyle is now easier than ever. Start the water habit now and reap the benefits of a healthier, happier you in no time.