Why is Water the Key to a Healthier Life?
Time and time again we are told the same things when it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle: exercise regularly, eat a healthy nutritious diet, and drink lots of water is what our body needs.
So what are the real benefits of drinking water? The benefits of water for the body are so far-reaching that it seems as though water is nothing short of a miracle drink. But what else would you expect from Mother Nature?
What water does for the body…
Keep your body functioning
Your body is composed of 70% water. Water, together with all your other body fluids, is responsible for the smooth functioning of many bodily functions. Your circulation, digestion, body temperature, and many other factors, are reliant on the correct balance of your body fluids. In fact, all the processes in your body are influenced by water. So drink enough water to ensure that your body functions at its optimum.
So how much is enough?
Generally drink ½ to 1 ounce of water per pound of your body weight. This does not include the water from your tea or coffee etc. Another good way to know how you are doing with your hydration is to look at your urine. It ought to be a light yellow. If it is dark or has a strong odor you are most likely dehydrated. DRINK MORE!
Also look at the meaty part of your fingertips. If they are wrinkled or shriveled you are again, most likely dehydrated. Please drink BEFORE you are really thirsty. Being really thirsty means your body has gone too long without enough water.
Lose that extra weight
For years and years, dieters have been drinking water to lose weight. Whilst water is incredibly beneficial in so many ways, it is not the only thing you should be doing in order to get your weight and health under control. Yes, you should drink water, but you also need to eliminate those calorie-rich drinks at the same time. Also, drink water before every meal. When you’re feeling tired and sluggish, reach for a glass of water instead of those snacks. But it’s not only about drinking water to lose weight. Follow a healthy diet that includes foods that have a high water content (such as fruits, vegetables, broths, oatmeal, and beans).
Energize your muscles for improved performance
Although people always seem to be harping on about protein, the truth is that your muscles also need water. Muscle fatigue is a very real side-effect when you are not maintaining the balance of fluids in your body. Start drinking water a couple of hours before you exercise, then ensure that you regularly drink water during your workout. Remember that although hydration is always important, it is particularly so when you are exercising in warm weather. So drink up – this will give your muscles the energy they need to boost your performance.
Enjoy a youthful complexion
Drinking water will also help to improve the appearance of your skin. It’s important to drink sufficient water to give your skin a youthful glow. Just don’t overdo it. Drinking water is not going to magically erase your wrinkles and fine lines, so don’t over hydrate in an effort to drink from the elusive fountain of youth.
Your kidneys are your body’s natural detox mechanism. However, they can only do their job properly if you drink enough water. Drinking sufficient water will enable your kidneys to flush out the toxins from your body. Thinking of doing an expensive detox and cleanse? Start with drinking enough water to help remove those toxins! But your kidneys are not just about flushing out toxins. Your kidneys also help in balancing the fluids in your body, and help to regulate your blood pressure. Just a few more reasons why you need to give your kidneys a helping hand by drinking more water every day.
Boost your mood
This might come as quite a surprise, but drinking water is also important for your mood. You’re probably not aware of it, but even mild dehydration can affect your mood. To reverse or avoid this negative effect, drink enough water on a daily basis. Drinking water is incredibly refreshing and thereby improves your state of mind.
Wave goodbye to headaches and migraines
Dehydration is known to cause headaches, and even migraines. This means that drinking enough water every day is a great way to prevent headaches in the first place. If you do get a headache, then drink a few glasses of water over a couple of hours. This should be enough to provide you with complete relief from any headaches triggered by dehydration.
Beat that sluggish slump
We all know that awful sluggish feeling. There’s nothing worse than feeling tired and sleepy when it’s a long time before your head should hit the pillow, and you still have lots to get done. Dehydration may very well be the culprit when it comes to these feelings of tiredness. Drinking a couple of glass of water (not coffee!) might be all you need to shake off that drowsiness and energize yourself.
If you want a real health boost, drinking alkaline water is far more beneficial that plain water. Basically, alkaline water has a higher pH level that tap water which has improved benefits for your body. You might also hear it referred to as ionized water. Spring water is a great example of alkaline water: as it flows over rocks it acquires all sorts of healthy minerals. Research shows that this type of water is beneficial for blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, and acid reflux. Other benefits when compared to tap water include better hydration, protection from free radicals, weight loss, improved energy, better mental clarity and even increased bone strength.
In short, when you look at what water does for the body, the answer is ‘just about everything’. All the processes and systems in your body require sufficient hydration to function properly. The benefits of drinking water are so extensive that there’s simply no excuse for not pouring yourself another glass right now.
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Author: Esateys Stuchiner
Esateys (pronounced Ee sáh teez) is an International Life Transformational Speaker, Author, Master Facilitator, Life Coach and Expert in the Human condition. She is a Nationally and Board Certified Nurse Practitioner. For over 30 years, she has practiced, taught and lectured extensively in the allopathic and alternative medicine field.
Esateys is known for her groundbreaking work in the areas of personal empowerment and health restoration using mindset and inner connection as the catalyst for all change.
Esateys describes herself as the ‘Architect of the New You’ and has dedicated her life and professional career to helping her clients create “New Beginnings” by facilitating self empowerment, economic freedom and restored health.
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