I know you have heard it a million times from a ton of different sources. Doctors, magazines, fitness trainers, and health bloggers talk about the importance of water and hydration all the time. I’m about to add myself to the list because it’s important enough for you to hear it one more time: Drink more water!
Did you know that around 65% (I thought I learned 70% in school, but fact checking I found this number instead) of our body is water. Yeah, over half! That is a lot of water. There are many ways we end up using and losing water, so if we aren’t diligent about replenishing our supply, we end up dehydrated and could cause some pretty significant problems to our precious bodies. Here are just a few reasons why you should drink more water.
1. It keeps things functioning regularly. Yes, I mean in the bathroom. Both #1 and #2 are effected by the amount of water your drink. The kidneys are meant to help remove waste from the blood, so you definitely want to make sure you’re flushing them out regularly. And lets be honest, no one enjoys being constipated, which can happen without proper water intake. It is something that leaves you feeling icky and “blah”, and while drinking water might not cure you completely, it is definitely something that will help keep the body flowing.
2. You’ll feel more energized. Dehydration can cause a mess of not so stellar feelings. One of them is fatigue. If you find yourself feeling like you’re lacking in the energy department, rather than grabbing the sugary soda, guzzle a glass (or two) of water first. Odds are you’ll start to feel better. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for a caffeinated mid-afternoon pick me up (although I am not all about the soda…sorry friends. Pick coffee, tea, or something like Eboost), but plain old water is a surefire way to start to make the energy slump go away.
3. It helps with weight loss. Drinking water helps you feel fuller, which should help you successfully eat a little less. Now, it’s not a meal replacement, obviously. Don’t start talking crazy here. Simply drinking a glass a few minutes before you eat, or stopping in between bites to sip can help fill you up a little bit better than food alone. Did you know that when you’re dehydrated your body sometimes feels hungry? That means that you could end up craving a bunch of different foods, when in reality all you needed was a tall glass of water. Think of all the calories you’d save if you turned to water when you felt a bottomless-pit moment coming on, and then the feeling went away before the munching started. I know. I’ve been there. Trust me, water helps.
4. Your skin will glow. Your skin is the largest organ in (on) your body, so when you’re dehydrated, there’s a chance you might actually look like it. While water won’t fix all of your skin woes, it does help skin look a little plumper, keep some fine lines at bay, and keeps it from looking dull and dry. Drinking plenty of water is a simple step in your skincare routine that can help you achieve that natural glow that everyone longs for.
5. It’s FREE! Seriously, don’t you think that’s a great reason to drink more water? All you have to do is walk over to your faucet, turn it on, and the hydrating goodness just starts flowing! You can spend money on sodas, coffees, and fancy waters and sports drinks, but the most important drink for you body flows freely from your faucets and drinking fountains all over the place. Think about it: You could save a good chunk of money if you started replacing a few of your sodas with some good old H2O. Don’t like the taste of the water coming from your faucet? For a little money upfront get a Brita filter and start filtering your drinking water. It pays for itself in no time by saving you from buying single use water bottles.
Do I have you convinced yet? Keep in mind friends, that I am not a doctor (though I am the daughter of a nurse), but I know these reasons are good ones because I have experienced the benefits of each and every one of them. I have also experienced the downside of them when I fail to drink enough water. So, while I am no medical professional (and if you have serious medical questions, seek the answers from a pro), I do believe in these reasons.
How do I know I’m getting enough water? Great question! I have heard several theories on this topic. While there are some rules that say 8 cups a day is the go to number, I have also heard that you should take your weight (in pounds), divide it by 2, and that’s how many ounces you should drink. I personally believe that as long as your pee (yeah, I’m going there) is a nice light yellow color (think lemonade) then you’re doing a fine job. If it starts to look more like apple juice you had better get chugging.
So there you have it. I hope this has encouraged each and every one of you to get up and go to the kitchen for a glass of cool and refreshing water as soon as you’re done reading. 🙂 Are there any reasons to drink water that I missed? Let me know!