Up until recently I never understood why drinking water was so important. Its boring, and if my body isn't craving it at the time.... I'm not going to just sit and drink a cup of water. I would say I've spent my life on a cup or two or maybe three of water a day. The more I get into the fitness world or even just the word of health, I notice a lot of people saying "drink more water" so out of curiosity I began to research just HOW much water a body should be consuming in each day and WHY its so important to drink more water.
Ive read a lot of different opinions as too how much water you should drink each day, but they all really seem to be about the same amount. I stick with the 8x8 rule. Health authorities commonly recommend at least eight-8 ounce glasses of water each day. So roughly two liters or half a gallon. At first this was hard for me to do. But after the way it made me feel and all the benefits from it I now look forward to drinking water. I start my morning off every morning with a glass of water then drink one with every meal and also before bed. Yes I count and yes I make sure to get at least eight in a day. So now that we know how much we should drink lets get back to the question of WHY its so important.
10 benefits from drinking water
1.) Calorie and weight control
Numerous studies have found a connection between water intake and shedding a few pounds. Lets be honest we ALL want to be at our best weight, ESPECIALLY us women. How does this work though? water simply makes the body feel full, and as a result from that you will consume less calories. Staying hydrated can serve as a appetite suppressant. Sometimes we think we are hungry when really were just thirsty.
2.) Fluid balance
About 60 % of our bodies are made up of water, without drinking enough our bodies will not function properly. Drinking enough maintains the bodies fluid balance, it helps transport nutrients into the body, digest food, regulate your body temperature etc.
3.) Prevent cancer
Many studies show keeping yourself hydrated can reduce bladder cancer by 50%, colon cancer by 45% and possibly even breast cancer.
4.) flush out waist and bacteria
Nobody wants their body to have a bunch of yuck in it. However most of the time we dont even know just how much yuck is in our body. All that waste is flushed out with urine and sweat. If we don't drink enough water, we are not flushing out all the waste and it will collect in your body causing various problems. Also staying hydrated adds fluids to the colon and allows things to come out more often and more smoothly :)... nobody wants to be constipated.
5.) Clear, healthy, glowing SKIN!!!
Our skin is the largest organ in our body. Keeping your skin hydrated not only fights off the toxins in the body that causes your skin to inflame, resulting clogged pores and acne problems, but it also improves the color and texture of your skin by keeping it building new cells properly.
6.) prevent headaches
NOBODY likes suffering with headaches. It can ruin a perfectly good day along with a perfectly good mood. Sometimes dehydration can cause horrible headaches. If this is the case, try drinking a glass of water next time you have a headache.
7.) perform and focus better
We all like to stay focused in our day, more water can help stay concentrated and more alert in your day. Dehydration can lead to weakness, fatigue, dizziness, and more.
8.) joint pains
Aching joints and muscle cramps can occur if the body is dehydrated . Drinking water reduces pain in your joints by keeping the cartilage soft and hydrated.
Dehydration can really affect your mood and make you confused and grumpy. Make yourself and those around you happier by drinking more water to enhance your mood....
You will simply die without water. Its THAT important. Studies show you can only live a few days without water, MAYBE a week. So imagine what your doing to your body by not keeping it hydrated daily. Most of us need to consume more water than we actually do but just don't realize it. Love your body enough to keep it healthy and hydrated.
10.) sickness fighter
Who wants to be sick? not me. Water helps with decongestion and of coarse dehydration, helping the body bounce back after being sick.