We hear a lot about staying hydrated, but really, why is water important?
When it comes to your health, no other substance is more important than water. Water is the main source of energy. As far as nutrients go, water is the most important.
Yes, that’s right: It’s more essential than any supplement or superfood you consume.
1. Drinking water is Definitely About the Way You Feel.
Daily, not getting enough water can cause fatigue, dry skin, headaches, and constipation. For that reason alone water is important.
Good hydration should be the primary focus for your health.
When you drink slightly alkaline water you will feel even better. Alkaline water is rich in minerals such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Studies point to drinking alkaline water as a leading way to slow down bone loss.
Additionally, being well-hydrated with alkaline water can provide relief from stomach issues and inflammatory conditions.
In fact, Dr. Otto Warburg won the Nobel Prize in 1931 because of his research that proved cancer cells cannot survive in an oxygen-rich environment. Alkaline water increases the efficiency of the red blood cells in collecting oxygen in the lungs. With more oxygen in your lungs, you feel more energized.
2. Who knew that drinking more water could make you more beautiful?
Having healthy-looking skin is a multi-billion-dollar industry. However, for pennies, you can be sure to stay properly hydrated (who said beauty tips need to be expensive), and your skin will thank you.
By absorbing the proper amount of water, your skin is plumper and more elastic. Elasticity keeps your skin looking young.
To determine how much water you should be drinking every day:
- Take your body weight
- Divide it into ½.
That is the amount of water you should drink every day. For example, if you weigh 160 lbs., 80 ounces of water, or ten (10) 8oz glasses is how much you want to target each day.
3. It’s About Having a Strong Immune System.
The third reason is that it plays a key role in helping to prevent contagious diseases. Your immune system is the first defense against germs, viruses, and free radicals. You can keep your immune system operating at optimal levels by drinking an adequate amount of water.
Water boosts your immune function by helping to carry oxygen throughout the body to organs, tissues, and blood cells. Blood is composed of more than 90% water. Staying hydrated helps your body naturally flush out toxins that may cause illness.
4. If You Would Like to Drop a Few Pounds.
Water plays an important role in almost every bodily function. When you are well-hydrated, you have a more efficient metabolism.
Besides, hydration is also responsible for the proper function of 90% of the muscles in the body. It becomes easier to exercise when your muscles are working better.
Joint pain keeps many women from exercising. Drinking water helps your joints to stay lubricated and therefore encourages a higher level of activity.
Signals of being thirsty can be confused for hunger. A good weight loss hack is to first drink a glass of water before you decide if you are really hungry or simply needing water. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/7-health-benefits-of-water
5. If You Want to Unleash Your Brilliance.
Your brain has the highest percentage of water than any other part of your body. If not properly hydrated, the brain is affected the most. Your brain becomes strained by a lack of water. This causes fatigue and a lack of focus.
Being well-hydrated promotes cognitive function. If you wish to perform better and think more clearly, water is the answer.
Why do I tell you this?
Studies show that women, especially over the age of 60, are more affected by a lack of water than men. The good news here is that, with an increase of water, brain functioning and mood can be elevated rather quickly.
If I have done my job well, you have a new appreciation for why water is important. You now know it is one of the most important nutrients your body needs.
3 of the Most Important Times to Drink Water
Right before bed. It is natural for our bodies to lose water while we sleep. By adding extra hydration, we offset the water loss. Studies have shown that being better hydrated at night can lower your risk of heart attack or stroke during the night.
Before You Get on a Flight. You dehydrate more quickly when you fly due to the lack of humidity in the air. Your feet are less likely to swell on a flight if you drink an extra 8 oz. of water before, and continue drinking water during, the flight.
Before and During a Workout. You sweat and breathe harder: 2 reasons to hydrate before, during, and after your workout. And, as explained earlier, your muscles function better when well-hydrated. Circulation is better with hydration. And, last but not least, your focus is improved so you are less likely to trip!