It is disappointing to know that water is the second most popular beverage in the US. Soft drinks are the most popular and when you substitute one can of these with water, you save around 240 calories. Water whether consumed or not is beneficial for one’s overall mind and body wellness. Here, we discuss 10 ways that water will improve our lives.
Maintains Overall Regularity
For all of the body systems to function properly independently and dependently, our bodies need to transport nutrients to all of our organs. Since 60% of our bodies are made of water, we need to make sure that we are maintaining the fluid in our bodies balanced. In order to do this, we must drink 8-16 cups of water each day.
With a low intake of water, the overall volume of blood and lymphatic fluids lowers, which are essential for a healthy immune system. This is why it is vital for everyone to drink water throughout the day. Drinking water will reduce the chances of getting sick or getting an infection.
Water has thermal properties that allows it to release heat from the body when sweat is evaporated from the skin. This process allows the body to maintain an even temperature throughout. It is important to maintain a regulated body temperature as it makes you feel more energetic, keeps joints and muscles lubricated and prevents cramps and sprains.
When we are dehydrated, the colon sources its water from the stools which makes us have irregular digestion. By drinking a warm glass of water, we can help our digestion system to work properly and have regular bowel movements.
Flushes out Toxins
Our kidneys help sift out waste from our bodies. When more water is consumed, there is more urine passing through the kidneys, which helps to remove more toxins from our bodies. Additionally, the concentration of minerals is diluted making it harder for the kidneys to produce stones.
Weight Loss & Tonification
Our metabolic rates can be increased by drinking more water. This makes the body breakdown and eliminate fat cells much quicker, promoting weight loss. Half a liter of water can increase metabolism by 30% for up to 1.5 hours. By drinking a glass of water before a meal, we are getting more full and reducing the tendency to eat more. Also, when we exercise in a pool we are increasing the resistance and therefore achieved more tones muscles.
Mild dehydration can put us in a bad mood. When we are dehydrated we upset the balance of minerals and sugars in our bodies that help us stay focused and in a good mood. In a study it was found that with a loss of fluid of just 1.36%, women will begin to experience mood swings.
Brain - concentration & headaches
Inadequate consumption of water will cause the volume of blood to decrease. This then causes the heart to work harder in order to pump oxygenated blood and makes other major organs to work less efficiently. This causes fatigueness which then makes us lose concentration and more prone to headaches. It has been found that consuming water during headaches will reduce the intensity and duration of the headache.
Soothing & Relaxing
Many of us use nature as an outlet for stress and anxiety. When we listen to the sounds of nature such as water flowing, we tend to become more relaxed. This is why many people recommend to incorporate some type of water feature in your home or to sit by flowing water in order to maintain a healthy mind.
Beauty- Skin & Hair
Our skin is just another organ in our body that has cells and requires water to survive. Two things happen to our skin when we drink more water. First, it flushes out all the toxins in the pores. The second effect that water has on our skin is that it makes it more resilient and less prone to wrinkling since it becomes more elastic and moisturized. Rinsing your hair with cool water will leave each strand smoother and more reflective. This happens because the cuticle layer will lie flat when cooler temperatures are applied.