You already know how important water is for your health but statistics show that around 70% of the United States population is perpetually dehydrated to some degree.
With the ease of bottled beverages, supposed “health” and sports drinks, and dozens of different sodas available in even the smallest convenience store, most consumers don’t choose water.
Unless it happens to be “doctored” up in some manner with some sort of “flavor” added, maybe a bit of carbonation, and a label that tells you how good it is for you.
Benefits of Drinking Water and Eating Water-Rich Foods
You might not be a “water drinker” but in this post, we here at Daily Superfood Love are going to remind you why you really want to be. Your body is more than 60% water. Not carbonated soda, not tea, not highly marketed water wannabes.
Water is what keeps the most critical systems in your body running smoothly. Every organ inside you depends on it and the likelihood that you don’t drink enough is pretty high. Water consumption is about more than maintaining the right body temperature and satisfying thirst.
Approximately 20% of your hydration is supposed to come from food. If you’re not drinking water and eating foods that provide little or no fluids – your body is probably crying for hydration.
7 Interesting Facts about Water
1. Moisturizes Soft Tissues: The soft tissues of your ear, nose, and throat appreciate hydration to guard against bacteria and viruses.
However, there are many other soft tissues found in your body. Your spinal cord, joints, bone marrow, and exterior membranes of your cells require enough water to remain supple. Think of water as interior lubrication that helps prevent joint pain, muscle cramps, and congestion.
2. Nutrient Processing: The entire digestive process begins with saliva and the primary compound in saliva is water. Enzymes in saliva break down the vitamins and minerals found in food, making it easier for your body to absorb them. Proper hydration also improves blood flow, which is how those nutrients and oxygen are transported to the places they’re needed most.
3. Control Weight and Banish Cellulite: One of our favorite benefits of drinking water is the greater success in maintaining a healthy bodyweight. Along with the proper diet and regular exercise, water will improve your chances of weight loss that lasts. It is a natural appetite suppressant, encourages your body to burn fat storage, and removes toxins.
Getting additional water through water-rich fruits (such as watermelon) and vegetables helps to plump your skin cells from the inside out, making them appear smoother while also flushing fat and toxins from your system.
4. Lightens the Load: Not only does water make you “regular,” it also takes some of the stress off your liver and kidneys by flushing toxins more easily.That lets them do their primary job of metabolizing fat and turning it into energy. You get rid of pollutants through sweat as well as urination and…the other. Those who drink enough water have a lower risk of kidney stones, urinary tract infections (UTIs), and constipation.
5. Anti-Aging: Dehydrated skin ages faster, encourages the formation of wrinkles, and may appear splotchy. Your face is one of the first places a lack of water can be seen and felt. If you want soft skin that seems to glow from the inside out, water should be the first item on your beauty task list.
6. Boost Mental Clarity: Your brain is 90% water and requires more oxygen than any other organ in your body. Even mild dehydration causes fatigue, dizziness, mood swings, and a decline in cognitive thinking skills.
Drinking more water improves blood flow to the brain, nutrient absorption, and improves the communication system within your central nervous system. Many headaches are the result of dehydration (so are hangovers). If you’re feeling foggy, drink a glass of water to refresh your brain.
7. Get More Out of Your Workout: If you exercise regularly and don’t get enough water, your cells are the first to suffer.When these foundations shrivel up from dehydration, the result is muscle fatigue. Your brain sends the kidneys a signal to keep water in reserve. Water retention can make you feel sluggish and bloated.
The best treatment for retaining water is to drink more water so your brain lets your kidneys stop hoarding water for thirsty cells. More water means more oxygen to the muscles and that helps you get stronger with less physiological stress.
How Much Water Should You Drink?
Over the last two decades, the debate about sufficient water consumption has confused more than one person trying to up our intake. Most people know the “8 glasses of 8 ounces per day” rule. If you don’t drink water, that’s a good rule of thumb to get you started but experts agree that everyone’s water needs are different.
The climate you live in and your personal level of exertion have a lot to do with what you need. The new “calculator” for water is one-half to one full ounce of water per pound you weigh.
150 pounds x 0.5 ounces of water = 75 ounces of water per day if you are sedentary or live in a cool climate where you don’t sweat much.
150 pounds x 1 ounce of water = 150 ounces of water per day if you are physically active person who lives in a hot or humid climate where you might sweat getting in and out of your car.
Note that pregnant or nursing women may need to increase their water intake due to how many additional fluids their bodies use on a daily basis.
We could go on and on about the benefits of drinking water but we’ll leave you with a final thought: skip the flavored waters and sports drinks high in chemicals your body doesn’t need.
Instead, squeeze a bit of fresh lemon or lime into your glass or bottle for a fresh taste that boosts fat burning! You can also try 10 of our favorite fruit infused water recipes here.
Water is life. Drink it down.