7 reasons why you need to drink more water

Hello dear readers

We’re all told to drink plenty of water, but you may have ignored that advice. Drinking water is essential to your health. Your body can absorb water when you drink it, but also when you drink other healthy drinks or when you eat certain sorts of food. There are plenty reasons to drink more water. Here you can find some reasons why drinking water is great for you.

  1. Replaces fluid losses

We cannot exist without water. Our body is composed of about  60% water. It’s essential to replace daily the large amounts of water we lose each day. Fluid losses occur continuously, from breathing, skin evaporation, excrements and urine.

These losses must be replaced daily for a good health.

When your water intake does not equal your output, you can become dehydrated.
By the time you experience the sensation of the thirst, you are already dehydrated. That thirst is your body calling for re-hydration. It’s important to drink water throughout the day and not only when you are really thirsty.

  1. Helps your body function

Without water, your body can’t function. Nearly all of our systems do not function as well without a proper water intake.  For example, water transports nutrients from the food we eat and oxygen we breathe to cells throughout the body.

  1. Great for your kidneys & liver

kidneys need enough fluids to clear away what we don’t need in our body. It reduces the amount of work your kidneys and liver need to do by flushing out the waste and toxins. Your body uses water to lubricate itself. It moistens nose, eyes, mouth and lubricates the joints.

  1. Prevents or relieves pain

Drinking water can reduce pain in your joints by keeping the cartilage soft and hydrated.

Headaches can be caused by dehydration. They can be relieved by drinking water.

  1. Muscle fuel

One of the first symptoms of dehydration is muscle cramping.
Your muscles are made up of about 75 percent water.  Staying hydrated helps them recover more quickly and helps avoid stiffness and soreness, especially after exercise. Your muscles will also function better during exercise when you are properly hydrated.

Dehydration can also lead to weakness, fatigue, dizziness, and electrolyte imbalance.

  1. Improves your skin’s health

Your skin contains quite a bit of water and acts as a protective barrier to keep your body from losing too much fluid.  Dehydration can cause dry, cracked skin and a dull complexion. Staying hydrated will replenish skin tissue, moisten skin and increase skin elasticity, keeping your complexion, looking fresh and youthful. The water will also help maintain softer skin. Drinking water also helps the skin do its job of regulating the body’s temperature through sweating.

Certain toxins in the body can cause the skin to inflame, which results in clogged pores and acne. While science saying water makes the skin wrinkle free is contradictory, water does flush out these toxins and can reduce the risk of pimples.

  1. Helps you eat less

Sometimes we think we are hungry, when actually we are thirsty. For those of you trying to drop some pounds, staying hydrated can serve as an appetite suppressant and help with weight loss.

Water will also fill your stomach like food does.  If you drink a glass of water before you start eating and continue to drink water during meals. Water helps people feel full sooner and as a result consume fewer calories.

You will not only eat less when you drink water throughout a meal, but substituting water for other drinks at meals, will cut a large amount of calories from your diet.

Consider this:

Glass of wine = 127 calories
Pint of beer = 153 calories
Orange juice = 142 calories
Glass of water = 0 calories

Choose also food with high water content; It tends to look larger, its higher volume requires more chewing, and it is absorbed more slowly by the body, which helps you also feel full. Water-rich foods include fruits, vegetables, beans, oatmeal, and broth-based soups.
We know that our body simply functions better when it is well-hydrated.  Your brain is more alert, your skin is more radiant, your muscles are less sore, your waistline is a little trimmer, and you feel generally healthier. What’s not to be happy about?

I will try to drink more water. I am going to start with a challenge of 30 days. I hope you will follow my example. That way we can all change our lives and get a healthier lifestyle. You can read on my blog also more about the volume of water you need to drink daily, about 10 reasons to consume water instead of soft drinks and you can also find some tips to drink more water. I will upload this week another blog post about water with some recipes to make fruit infused water.

Liesbeth T.


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