As we know, drinking water helps to quench our thirst, but we might not be aware of many more health benefits of water. Water is proven to be the best beverage for humans, plants, and animals. If a plant is not watered or doesn’t get enough water, it starts to wither and eventually dies off. The same goes for our bodies. If we don’t drink enough water, our bodies begin to feel ill. Cells and tissues begin to deteriorate, leading to health implications. Therefore, to take care of our bodies and prevent them from being damaged, we need to drink more water to sustain the organs.
Water is an essential part of living; all livings need water to survive. It is everything to all living things; humans, animals, and plants.
Interestingly, water is the healthiest beverage, with no added sugar, low calories, no colouring, or artificial. It is just so perfect natural fluid!
Why am I emphasizing the importance of drinking water often? Because it is very beneficial to our health.
Here are some reasons you should increase your water intake:-
Protecting internal body –
Drinking water helps keep tissues moist and retain moisture in sensitive areas like the blood, bones, and brain. It also moisturises the skin and prevents damages to the skin cells. Water also acts as a lubricant to the spinal cord and cushion for the joints. Also, it helps the hormones in the production of breast milk.
Cognitive function –
Dehydration may lead to confusion and fatigue. If water levels are too low, our brain cells cannot function properly, leading to cognitive problems. Dehydrated adults’ brains show signs of increased neuronal activation when performing cognitively engaging tasks, indicating that their brains are working harder than expected to complete the job – by Betsy Mills, Ph.D. in an article on Can dehydration impair cognitive function? | Cognitive Vitality
98% of saliva is made of water and 2% other enzymes, which aids in swallowing food and keeping the mouth moist and minimal invasion of bacteria. Not drinking enough water can reduce saliva production, leading to a dry mouth, leaving the tongue sore and red.
Excretion of waste products from the body-
Drinking water aids in the production of sweats, which excretes through the skin. It reduces constipation and produces enough urine to prevent kidney stones from accumulating in the kidney.
Enhances physical activities and regulates body temperature-
Dehydration can affect physically active individuals or athletes’ performance by increasing the risk of getting heat injury, especially if activities are taken in a high-temperature zone. Evidence has shown that being dehydrated has adverse effects on performance that last longer. – The effects of fluid loss on physical performance: A critical review
Fights infections and diseases in the body –
Drinking water can fight against some illnesses such as kidney stones, urinary tract infections, hypertension, and constipation. It helps your body to remove waste products, also helps the liver and kidneys to function well. When you consume plenty of water, it reduces the chances of getting diabetes type 2 and heart disease.
Healthy weight –
When you drink water before eating, it makes you feel fuller and consumes less food. If you want to shed some pounds, drinking more water during the day will help you be on the go and less hungry.
I know this because whenever I drink water first thing in the morning, I feel this sensation run down my veins, leaving me energized to kick start my day in the right way.
Improves the mood –
yes, I agree that water is a mood lifter. Sometimes, when I am angry, I drink a cold glass of water; at that moment, I feel calm and relaxed. Water has a calming effect on the body.
Research has found that even mild dehydration can impact one’s cognitive performance, thereby affecting mood and attentiveness.
Tips for consuming more water daily
Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink water. Ideally, aim at consuming 11 to 16 cups or about 3 litres of water daily.
Develop a habit of drinking first thing when you wake up in the morning. Leave a water bottle by the side of your bed; that way, you can remember to drink first.
The colour of your urine will tell you if you need to increase your fluid intake. If your urine colour is dark or very yellowish, your body is telling you to drink water.
You can also add flavours like lemon, orange, strawberry, and cucumber to your water if you don’t like to drink it plain. Flavoured water can also help you stay hydrated.
Always carry a water bottle everywhere you go; that can help remind you to drink water.
Challenge yourself by setting a daily target on how much you want to drink before the day ends.
Dehydration can be at bay only if we inculcate the habit of drinking water often as we do with our phones. Funny enough, we tend to carry our phones everywhere we go and always look at them more than anything else. If we can do the same with water bottles, especially for children who are still active, keeping them hydrated will promote good health and make them happy and well.
The drinking water challenge starts now !