Water. The only thing in this world that every single being needs. Water is so important, we are made up of roughly 60% water, so it only makes sense that we need it, and lots of it. So many people don’t drink enough water, and it can be detrimental to their health. Unless you are drinking enough water you really won’t know how much it would have been benefitting you.
Stop! Have the water-haters come into your mind yet? Those who say “if you drink too much water you could drown yourself”! Let’s tackle that myth; it is rare unless you are seriously going out of your way to drink excessive amounts of water (Taylor 2014). That doesn’t go to say that things like this don’t happen though, read here.
Let’s get to the benefits of water.
Water improves your cognitive performance – Have you ever been dehydrated then realised you haven’t had any water all day? It’s been proven that one’s mood and cognitive performance can be influenced by levels of dehydration in the body (National Institutes of Health 2011). If you have a long day at work ahead, need to study hard, or just want to concentrate on that magazine you have been meaning to read, make sure you are well hydrated.
Water improves your all round performance, physical too. The muscle tissue in the human body is made up of around 75% water. If we are dehydrated, these muscles aren’t getting what they need, and it can lead to fatigue, weakness, dizziness, and headaches (Breaking Muscle n.d.), (National Institutes of Health 2011).
Water can help to flush out all the nasties from your body – Water is so important when it comes to our digestive system, it’s necessary to function properly. Waste relating to water is flushed out in the forms of both sweat and urine. If there isn’t enough water being consumed, this unneeded waste in our body isn’t flushed out properly and it can collect together inside us, causing uncomfortable issues.
Tip? Make sure if you are eating a lot of fibre to drink enough water. Nobody wants to feel constipated!
You will glow, not only from the inside but on the outside – Did you know that our skin is the largest organ in our body? It’s crucial that we are drinking enough water so our skin keeps moisturised, plump, and elastic, and even glows due to it being able to build new cells properly (Breaking Muscle n.d.), (National Institutes of Health 2011).
Can it even prevent cancer? Yes it can! This reason alone should make you want to drink enough water. Drinking enough fluids, in particular water, can cut an individual’s risk of bladder cancers in half. That is incredible since bladder cancer strikes an estimated number of 310,000 people around the globe each year. Read more about it here.
There are a huge amount of benefits; surf the net and you will find an enormous list of reasons water is amazing for you.
Now that we know a few benefits, how much should we really be drinking?
There isn’t an exact amount which every single person should aim for, since we all are different; our muscle mass, weight, activity level, and food intake, to name a few things. In saying that, try to drink at least 1.5L – 2L of water a day to make the most of the benefits mentioned above (Dieticians Association of Australia n.d.).
Tip? Make sure that your urine is clear.
Now let me leave you with some ways to get that water intake in. Water isn’t always too exciting, but there is nothing more that quenches thirst than water! Here are some ways to make drinking water more fun and to increase that intake:
- Infuse your water. infusing your water not only makes it look beautiful, but can give a subtle yet delicious taste to the water that makes it that little bit more fun to drink. Try these combos:
- Lemon, Cucumber and Mint
- Raspberry, Strawberries and Kiwi Fruit
- Orange and Blueberries
- Chia Seeds and Passionfruit
- Always have a water bottle with you. Often we don’t realise how thirsty we are until our bodies are already dehydrated, so having water on you can make a huge difference so you can sip throughout the day, or so you can drink water immediately after your body tells you it wants/needs some (Breaking Muscle n.d.).
- Make soup every now and then. Soup is an incredible way to consume great amounts of water. My favourite is a big minestrone, keep an eye out for the recipe in a later blog post. The amazing thing about soup is that you can put absolutely anything in it, and all you need to do it put the ingredients in a pot and let it simmer away. The BEST thing about soup though? It tastes better the longer you leave it. Easy!
- Make sure water is available when you are eating. Often this is the part of our activities in the day where we ‘want’ to drink water more. Having a glass of water, or that bottle I mentioned, at hand, will allow for you to be able to consume water with your meal when you are feeling thirsty. Can you imagine eating a Salada without water? I am getting thirsty just thinking of it!
- Have a mug of tea a day. There are so many incredible benefits of herbal tea, and there are so many different varieties that there is something for everyone, and for every occasion; a lemongrass and ginger when you are feeling a little ‘under the weather’, a chamomile when wanting to warm yourself up on a cold winter’s night, or a peppermint before going to bed. Here is an interesting article for you to read about the benefits of herbal tea.
I am so glad that there is so much amazing information on the Internet, and that I am able to share it and gather some of it together for you to read. Water is incredible, and I know you will feel better if you increase your intake. I really hope that this post has helped you and that you gained a little bit of knowledge from me. I would love to get to know you, so comment below.
Until next time!
Lots of Love,
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