Top 5 Benefits of Drinking Enough Water
You have probably seen the incessant mantra that you should drink more water on television, heard it through the grapevine, read it on the blogs before; and you are now getting rather tired of all this water-talk. But the truth is, many people are seriously dehydrated and sickly because they lack sufficient hydration. We would probably avoid dozens of diseases, illnesses and disorders if we took the time to consume sufficient amounts of this “life fuel”.
I cringe when I hear “I don’t like water” because “It doesn’t taste good”. This gets a blank stare or a slow blink from me. You are made of water, learning to love it means you love yourself enough to keep yourself healthy, right? Raise the alkalinity and squeeze some lemon in it or do a water infusion with some cucumber and ginger. Simply not drinking it because you don’t want to is lame.
How much is enough?
This is where it gets a little tricky. Those in the health industry say that we need 8 8-ounce glasses every day. In simpler terms, this translates into two liters every day. However, it is not that easy. We don’t all need the same amount of water. Those in hot areas need more than those in cold places do. If you engage in manually intensive activities, you’ll most likely need more water than someone who leads a more laid back lifestyle. Weight is also a factor. How much you weigh can determine your rate of loss of water based on your intake. The only somewhat agreeable rule is that for every pound you weigh, you have to take at least an ounce of water every day. In other words, half of your body weight in ounces. So, if you weigh 120 pounds, then 60 ounces are enough. Consuming more than this is OK, of course.
1.Regulates the Balance of Fluids in the Body.
The human body of an average adult male is 60% water. The average adult woman is closer to 55%. Water flows in the blood and resides in body tissue. It ensures that your blood will carry oxygen to the cells throughout your body. Drinking plenty of water flushes toxins and ensures that your cells get all of the oxygen they need to function optimally.
2. It Moisturizes and Rejuvenates the Skin.
Those who drink sufficient amounts of water have noticeably shinier and better-moisturized skin than those who don’t. Water gives you a smooth, soft skin that is devoid of dryness. In addition, it works to create a protective blanket so that you lose less beneficial fluids through sweating. As you get older, water can be the determining factor in how much your skin shows signs of wrinkles and aging.
3.Water Boosts Immunity.
If you are a dedicated sipper, you probably get sick FAR less often than those who neglect to drink their daily recommended ounces. Drinking water helps to flush out toxins faster when you are exposed to germs and bacteria. Your body’s immune system uses lymph to circulate white blood cells and nutrients to all of the body’s tissues. Your body needs water in order to produce lymph. Without lymph, your white blood cells and other immune cells would not be able to travel throughout the body to fight disease.
4. Improves Your Digestion.
Saliva starts the digestive process – and its basis is water. Digestion needs enzymes found in saliva to break down foods and dissolve nutrients and minerals. Water is also a necessary aid in the digestion of soluble fiber. Drinking plenty of water keeps your digestive system strong so that you can properly digest your food. Water also softens stool, which helps prevent constipation.
5 Water Can Prevent Frequent Chronic Conditions
Drinking plenty of water helps keep you healthy as you age. A large number of illnesses can be avoided by simply drinking an adequate amount of water regularly. Water helps lubricate joints relieving arthritis and joint pain. Water helps the brain produce enough serotonin assisting in alleviating depression. Water is also needed by the brain to produce melatonin, which can aid with insomnia.
The reality is that you have to take your health into your own hands. If not, you may be staring at prescription pills and doctors bills in the future. Preventative health is the way to a better long term life. If something as simple as drinking more water will help maintain a strong mind, body and soul, then buy a special cup, make an event of it and drink up!
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