Why You Should Drink More
Shockingly, new studies show that we humans don’t really need 8 glasses of water a day. It was more or less a guideline than an actual rule. Nonetheless, before you start binging on soda, and start a water fast, keep in mind that we still do need water – just not as much.
There are still plenty of reasons why you should endeavor to drink water. In fact, it is essential to your health and one you should never underestimate.
Where else can you get essential minerals (aside from supplements) from? Water is the nutrient concentrate our bodies need to function in a day to day basis. You don’t realize how much water you lose till you start getting thirsty (waiting till you get thirsty is like waiting till your radiator starts spitting out coolant). You lose water when you breathe. You lose water when you sweat. You lose water when you pee. You lose water when you… well you get the point.
When our water consumption doesn’t match the water we lose, we become dehydrated. Thirst is already a sign of dehydration. The warmer the climate the worse it will be. Often times we ignore the signs until it already hits us then you’re already in trouble.
Here are some tips on why you should be mindful of your water intake
- Drinking water helps maintain the overall balance of your bodily functions. We are 60% water for a reason. It is involved in virtually every function of our body. Digestion, circulation, absorption, saliva production – all of this requires water. The more dehydrated you are the more sluggish you will feel. The worse it gets the more parts of your body shuts down.
- Water helps immensely with calorie intake control. It’s not magic. Drinking water instead of calorie laden beverages makes a huge difference. Food with higher water content is often more filling and feels heavier in your stomach.
- Water helps keep your muscles functioning in tip top shape. Without proper water intake, muscles tend to fatigue faster. You performance suffers. This is especially important in athletes. Hydrate!
- Water makes your skin look good. Your skin is the largest organ in the body. It also stores a lot of water. You know there’s a reason why mummies look shriveled up – they’re basically dehydrated. The more dehydrated you are, the more wrinkles show up.
- Drinking plenty of water keeps your kidneys healthy. You want to keep your kidneys healthy. Trust me on this. Your kidneys keep blood urea nitrogen out of your blood stream. The less water you drink, the more stressed your kidney gets. The more stress you put in your kidney, the more likely you are to develop kidney stones. This is especially true in warmer climes.
- Water helps keep your bowel movements regular. People need to pay attention to this more. Proper water intake aids in keeping things going in your gastrointestinal track. This prevents constipations (this is when you don’t get enough water and your colon absorbs water from your waste to compensate). Fluid and fiber is the name of the game here. Fiber keeps things healthy, fluid keeps them moving along.
Tips on keeping yourself hydrated
If you think you need to drink more, here are some easy tips to get you drinking!
- Have water handy for every snack or meal
- You can have some juice (in moderation) every once in a while. The tastier the drink is to you, the more likely you are to drink.
- Fruits and vegetables are not only a great source of fiber but also a good source of fluids. While not as good as drinking water, fruits contain a good amount of water – enough of them adds up.
- Keep a bottle of water with you at all times (if possible go for filtered mineral water instead of distilled. Distilled water lacks the minerals needed for your body)
- Choose the right beverage for you. If you’re watching your caloric intake, then veer away from sweet sugary drinks. Same goes if you’re watching your sugar intake. Sodas are a big no, no.
- Consider kangen water. While not really cheap, they’re a good long term investment for your family.