BENEFITS OF DRINKING WATER – PART 1 by Denise B. Povernick
Do you drink enough water each day? If not, your overall health may be taking a toll. And why is drinking water important? Drinking water regularly can help you to lose weight, think better, be in a better mood, prevent disease, and more.
Why Your Body Need Water
How much of the human body is water? It might surprise you to learn that water makes up to 70 percent of our body weight. Many people underestimate the importance of water to the body. Read on to learn just how important water is to all of us.
The human brain is composed of 95% water; blood is 82% water; the lungs are nearly 90% water. Water is also the single most critical nutrient for health, growth, and development. It is not only the most important nutrient in the body but also the most abundant. Water is critical to the balance of all the body’s systems, including the brain, heart, lungs, kidneys, and muscles.
Mild dehydration is also one of the most common causes of daytime fatigue. Proper hydration is required for maintaining healthy blood flow, proper kidney function, proper sodium/potassium /electrolyte balance, and proper digestive functions.
And what does water do for the body? The benefits of drinking water are many: It’s vital for almost every function in the body. Water acts as a building block, a solvent for chemical reactions, and a transport material for nutrients and waste.
Water also helps maintain blood volume and allows proper circulation, helps regulate our body temperature, and acts as a shock absorber for our joints and our brain. There are still more health benefits of water: It helps lubricate the linings of our inner organs and maintains healthy kidney function.
Water Your Body: 12 Benefits to Start now
You know what happens to a plant or flower when it does not receive the proper hydration. Your body is no different. Drinking plenty of water can help keep your body healthy and functioning at its highest capacity. Staying hydrated will help you to:
- Improve Exercise & Movement. During physical activity, our bodies use up a lot of water. Stay hydrated before, during, and after exercise helps to protect your body from harm, and to help you to perform better. All movement is exercise. Proper hydration can reduce fatigue, improve endurance, lower your maximum heart rate, and more. It can also help you to be less sore after exercise.
- Help you to lose weight. Are you having trouble with your weight loss efforts? Increasing your water intake may help you achieve better results.
- Boost your mood. People who drink more water also tend to have better moods. Be less confusion, bewilderment, fatigue, and sleepiness.
- Boost your brainpower. When you drink more water, you may improve your cognitive performance, too. So next time you need to focus, take a test, or use all of your brainpower, keep a glass of water next to you and keep sipping.
- Prevent headaches. Water deprivation is a very common cause of a headache. In most cases, rehydrating can provide relief from a headache. For some people, dehydration can also trigger a migraine, so be sure to keep your water intake regular if you are prone to getting migraines or headaches.
- Protect against disease. One of the most important answers to the question “Why is water important?” is its role in disease prevention. Proper hydration may be a useful tool in preventing a variety of health conditions and diseases. ]
- Healthier Skin. Ensuring that you are properly hydrated will prove to be a far better solution to preventing or decreasing wrinkles than the many expensive and in most cases, barely effective products being marketing to the public.
- Healthier Teeth & Bones. Water makes teeth and bone stronger.
- Healthier Joints. Water is extremely important to the joints. Synovial fluid contains water; if you become dehydrated, less synovial fluid is available to protect the joints.
- Reduces Fluid Retention. The body perceives dehydration as a threat to survival and begins to hold on to every drop. Water is stored in extracellular spaces (outside the cell) which can result in swollen extremities (feet, legs, and hands).
- Helps Build Muscle. Water is needed to transport nutrients to your cells and transport waste out of the body. Water helps form the structures of protein and glycogen. In order to move and flex your muscles, you need water. If your body is dehydrated, your muscles will be deprived of electrolytes and cramp. Since muscles are controlled by nerves, without the proper water and electrolyte balance, muscle strength and control will also be impaired.
- Increase Muscle Tone. Muscles are made primarily of water. Dehydration can prevent muscles from properly contracting, reducing muscle tone. Increasing water intake will help prevent muscle cramping, improve the strength of muscle contractions and quicken muscle response. Preventing dehydration will also help prevent sagging skin, since water will fill out the muscles, resulting in clearer, healthy, and resilient skin.
By the time you are thirsty, your body is already dehydrated. Once dehydrated, endurance is diminished, strength can drop, and the effect can last into the following day(s). Instead of relying on a signal, drink water at regular intervals regardless if you’re thirsty or not.
Stay tuned for Part 2 where we will discuss causes of water loss, how much water do you need and others signs it is time to increase your water intake! Until then, drink up! It’s the little things, like drinking more water, that will make a big difference in your life.