4 Good reasons to drink more water:
Have you been looking for a good reason to drink more water? We all need something to motivate us to reach for a glass of water more often. Especially with the summer temperatures. But really, we should always be conscious of the need to make sure we drink enough water.
Why should I drink more water when its so easy to reach for coffee, tea or some other liquid? I’ve found that there are PLENTY of good reasons to drink more water.
In the past it has been recommended that we drink eight glasses of water daily. But that thinking has changed somewhat. In reality how much water we drink will vary from person to person. We need to drink water for many reasons. The fact is drinking water is absolutely essential to our health.
1:Proper Hydration, remain properly hydrated.
The human body is made up of about 60% water. That fact sticks with me and it started me to thinking about how much water I don’t drink. It’s a motivating thought and helps me to drink more water. Our bodies need water.
We can drink plain water or other liquids but we need to make sure to be properly hydrated. This keeps us refreshed and alert.
We can also find water in foods. Water is essential in order to replace the large amounts of liquids we lose each day. Fluid losses occur continuously, from skin evaporation, breathing and bathroom breaks.
These losses need to be replaced throughout the day each day to maintain good health
When our water intake does not equal our output, we can become dehydrated. In warmer climates we need to be especially conscious to drink more water, especially with the close to three digit temperatures we are facing this summer.
Whether just walking around in the sun or sitting inside we need to remember to keep hydrated.
2:Exercising, replace your fluids.
If we are engaged in strenuous exercise we want to also remember to drink water. I used to have a personal exercise coach. At the start of each session I was handed a bottle of water.
Its good to drink water while engaged in exercising. At the end of each session as I walked out I was always handed another bottle of water and a reminder to always remember to replace your fluids. Drinking water regularly is beneficial in keeping our fluid level adequate.
3:High Altitudes, you are closer to the sun.
If you live at high altitudes you also need to very sensitive to the need to drink water often. I’ve visited Colorado often. I had always wondered, why would I feel so tired and so parched almost?
The reason is that the high altitude causes a person to dehydrate. Drinking too little water can quickly lead to dehydration at altitudes above 5000 feet.
4:Older Adults, are also sometimes distracted by other things.
If you are an older adult your sense of thirst may not be as sharp as needed. So remember to drink water often.
8 Benefits of Drinking Water:
Improves your Mood.
Water helps you to think, focus and concentrate better. Water helps you to stay alert. If you are dehydrated, it makes you feel light headed, confused. It makes you feel irritable and more sensitive to pain.
Dehydration can cause headaches. That explains a lot to me since its in the summers when I notice the headaches.
Improves the health of your heart.
When properly hydrated this helps the heart more easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles. According to the American Heart Association water is critical for your heart health. If you are well hydrated, your heart works more efficiently.
Helps maintain the proper balance of body fluids.
These bodily fluids includes digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients and maintenance of the body temperature.
When the body is low on fluids the brain triggers the body’s thirst mechanism. You should listen to those thirsty cues and drink water.
If there is no water around at the time drink another beneficial liquid. Other choices could be juices, tea or coffee. If its coffee or tea, decaffeinated is better than caffeine, but a caffeinated liquid is better than not replacing liquids when thirsty.
Remember Alcohol interferes with the brain and your kidney and this causes excess excretion of fluids and this can lead to dehydration. So its best to drink other liquids instead. Water is the best fluid you can drink. .
Promotes Weight loss.
Drinking water can also help to control calories. Substituting water for high calorie beverages is a good choice as it does not have the obvious extra ingredients such as sugar. Eat foods that have a high water content, such as fruits, vegetables, broth based soups, oatmeal, and beans. This higher volume requires more chewing and it is absorbed more slowly. This helps you to feel full.
Helps to energize muscles, increases energy and relieves fatigue.
If you are properly hydrated you will likely have more flexible muscles. Water acts as a natural lubricant for muscles and joint. When cells don’t maintain their balance of fluids and electrolytes they shrivel this can lead to muscle fatigue. They don’t work as well and performance can suffer.
Its important it drink water about two hours before exercise and before going out into the sun. During exercise start drinking fluids early and drink them at regular intervals to replace fluids lost by sweating.
If you suffer from backaches, drinking more water may help. The bones of your vertebrae are supported by discs. The central nucleus of each disc is made of water. Therefore a lack of water can affect these discs.
Water helps to keep our skin looking good.
Your skin contains plenty of water and functions as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss. Dehydration can make your skin look dry and wrinkled. This can be improved with proper hydration.
So water keeps your skin fresh, soft and supple. Water keeps it smooth and it keeps a healthy glow. Using moisturizer can help to lock moisture into your skin. This creates a physical barrier to keep moisture in. Who doesn’t want good looking skin?
Flushes out Toxins.
Water helps your kidneys. Your kidneys do an amazing job of ridding your body of toxins, as long as your take in adequate fluids. When you get enough fluids, urine flows freely. It is light in color and free of odor.
When you body is not getting enough fluids, urine concentration, color and odor increases because the kidneys trap extra fluid for bodily functions.
If you chronically drink too little you may be at risk for kidney stones. This is especially so in warm climates. So its really important to drink enough fluids.
If you don’t like the taste of plain water, add a lemon slice, or drop in a couple of watermelon chunks, drop a few slices of strawberries in. I’ll even drop apple slices in mine and then eat the apple slices. You can also drop a mint leaf into a glass of water, its so refreshing. You get the idea.
Water helps to maintain normal bowel function. Adequate hydration keeps things flowing along your gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation. When you don’t get enough fluid, the colon pulls water from stools to maintain hydration, the result is constipation.
Adequate fluid and fiber are the perfect combination because the fluid pumps up the fiber and acts like a broom to keep your bowel functioning properly.
The conclusion, there are PLENTY of good reasons to drink water.
5 keys to help you increase your fluid intake.
- Have water or a beverage with every snack and meal.
- Choose water or beverages that you enjoy.
- Eat more fruits and veggies.
- Keep a container of water with you, in your car, at your desk or in your bag.
- Choose beverages that meets your needs.
-If you are watching your weight then choose beverages that do not contain calories.
-Decaf drinks are better than caffeinated drinks. Caffeine acts as a diuretic which causes you to lose more fluids.
-Remember if you feel thirsty you are not drinking enough water, so drink a refreshing glass of water and get hydrated.
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