The benefits of drinking water are essential to our very survival and it’s no wonder our body contains up to 60% water.
In this post, I will outline the importance of drinking water and plenty of it daily. I’ll go over some of the endless benefits water provides and some of the symptoms of dehydration.
I’ve highlighted the significant bits for you, just in case your schedule is tight.
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- How Much Water Are You Supposed to Drink A Day?
- Why Is Water Good For You? (plus benefits)
- What Are the Signs of Dehydration? (plus symptoms)
- Water Is Amazing!
- Benefits of Drinking Water (examples)
- When Is Extra Water Needed?
- It’s Agreed. Then?
Just Like Plants, We Need Watering.
We are made up of up to 60% of water; that’s over half the raw ingredients needed to make up the complex organism that is you.
H.H. Mitchell, in the Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, informs us of the following:
“the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are watery: 31%.”
It makes sense that ensuring we keep that 60% balance as steady as possible will make an immense contribution to good immune system health.
How Much Water Are You Supposed To Drink A Day?
There are plenty of official recommendations and guidelines out there about how much water you should drink a day.
I drink as much as I know I need and sip it throughout the day; your body usually has a way of letting you know when it needs water.
Be sensible by all means; check out the recommendations here according to CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention).
There is no harm at all in checking them out, every day I consciously try to ensure I drink enough water; I can feel and see the benefits for myself.
Why Water Is Good For You
Vital to life without question, listed below are just a few of the bodily functions it supports.
- It helps to carry oxygen and nutrients throughout the body, including the brain.
- Supports maintains and sustains the immune system and all its functions.
- Regulates and controls body temperature.
- Flushes out and removes toxins and waste from the body.
- Assists with the absorption of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, proteins, glucose and amino acids by the body.
- Water lubricates the mucus membranes, joints and muscles.
- Water is the main ingredient needed in the production of blood and saliva.
- Assists and supports the creation, repair, regeneration and constant replacement of all cells and tissue in the body.
Our body cannot store water for later use, so it needs constant replenishment, on-demand ideally, as and when required.
A Fine Balance
Life is a delicate balance with many different factors that need we need to take into consideration.
We are constantly losing water every day for various reasons, such as our breath, saliva, sweat, urine, vomit, faeces, and other bodily fluids.
Ensuring you are adequately hydrated is essential in keeping water and body salts at normal levels in response to the amount lost.
The amount of water needed daily depends on a few factors, such as age, gender, activity levels, weight, climate, and health.
It’s essential, regardless of the circumstance, that you keep hydrated at all times in all situations. Be mindful and ensure you’re getting enough water in your system daily.
What Are Signs of Dehydration
Dehydration can be nasty, actually causing death; I experienced many years ago while visiting my dad at May Pen Hospital in Jamaica. At about 10.00 pm, we were leaving when we heard terrible screams and sobbing coming from two women outside.
The cries came from a mother and her mother; they had just lost a child to dehydration. It broke my heart; I was in shock; a child dying in the UK because of dehydration was unheard-of.
I think it was then that I realised just how dangerous dehydration could be, having just witnessed the most extreme consequence.
Symptoms to Watch Out For
- Dry mouth
- Impairment of physical and mental capabilities
- Decreased urination
- Thick yellow urine
Water Is Amazing!
There are so many reasons why we benefit from ensuring that we stay hydrated by drinking lots of it whenever we can.
Avoid drinks like sweet tea or coffee, alcohol, soda/pop and any other sugary drink.
Many mass-produced drinks are full of additives, preservatives, tons of artificial sweeteners and crazy E numbers.
Benefits of Drinking Water
- Skin looks and feels softer, appears glowing, hydrated, fresh, wrinkle-free and looking younger for way longer. Our skin contains up to up 64% water.
- Spring sourced water contains naturally occurring minerals such as magnesium, sodium, potassium and calcium.
- Water keeps skin clear from acne, pimples, and blackheads help soothe and elevate acne symptoms and spots.
- Maintains the brightness, whiteness and clarity of the eyes, helps make them sparkle.
- Stronger teeth and nails.
- Supports and assists the brain in producing hormones such as serotonin, a feel-good hormone and neurotransmitters to get the message across.
- Protects vital systems, such as the brain, the spinal cord and the unborn fetus; water acts as a shock absorber.
- It facilitates the processes of digestion, makes going to the loo a lot easier!
- Dehydration can lead to problems such as constipation, acid stomach, stomach ulcers and heartburn.
- Assists with the flushing out and removal of toxins and waste products from the body.
- Keep joints lubricated and moving, a bit like WD40.
- Water plays a significant role in the regulation and maintenance of blood pressure levels.
- Boost performance during exercise.
- Replacing soda/pop, high surgery drinks with water can dramatically help with weight loss.
- Plenty of water can help you get over the symptoms of a hangover.
- Avoiding symptoms of a hangover in the first place can be avoided by drinking water between each alcoholic drink.
When Is Extra Water needed?
- When you are suffering from a fever, you may have a high temperature or sweat lots.
- When you are exercising, before, during and after,
- If you naturally sweat a lot, do not forget those night sweats.
- Men, on average, tend to need more water than women daily.
It’s Agreed Then.
If you want to be stronger and bloom longer, then drinking lots of water is a must.
Ensure you keep hydrated; it’s incredible how quickly and easily positive change and improvement can occur.
I constantly drink and sip water throughout the day to make sure I’m getting enough, regardless of what else I may be consuming.
Water is such a powerful element that benefits us outside just as much as it does on the inside.
Just think about how good you feel after taking a shower or bath; it’s one of the best feelings in the world.
*Please note the information contained in this post is intended for general information and not used as a substitute for healthcare professionals’ expertise and judgment.