8 Reasons Why Water is So Important to Our Health
These days we are flooded with the latest and greatest diet trick, weight-loss measure or life-changing vitamin. Let’s get real; most of us don’t have the time or money to indulge in every new fad. How about we take a look at an easy way we can take care of our health today and everyday from here on out. Water. Check out these eight ways that water proves to be not only important for your health, but also necessary for weight loss and overall well-being.
1. By the time you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated! That’s right, most of us reach for a glass of water once our body registers that we are thirsty, but in reality, that is our body’s last measure or resort to make sure we hydrate and keep our bodies working efficiently. Chronic dehydration can cause sickness and premature aging, and when we are dehydrated, the body begins to pull water from its organs and tissues, which is a desperate measure and should be avoided. So before you start feeling like the corners of your mouth are dry as all get out, reach for some liquid H2o.
2. So how much should I drink? The average person needs a minimum of 64 ounces of water per day, that’s about eight glasses of water needed to function at an optimum level. Other research suggests that women get 91 ounces per day and men obtain 125 ounces from all water sources throughout the day, including water, other beverages and foods with a high water content. This number can vary with your specific level of physical activity, amount of exercise, body composition, and climate. For example, it is possible to lose up to one quart of water per hour of exercise in a warm climate. Therefore, be sure to drink water before, during, and after your workouts to help assist in weight loss.
3. As mentioned in the previous point, dehydration can actually make us sick and cause us to show signs of premature aging more quickly. And I know you don’t want wrinkles to show up on that beautiful face earlier than they need to!? Other results of dehydration include allergies, asthma, colitis, constipation, migraine headaches and rheumatoid arthritis, just to name a few. Many Americans are popping pills for ailments that could in fact have been prevented with the right amout of water in their diet. It’s never too late to take control of your health and drink up your necessary amount of liquid gold per day!
4. Weight loss! That’s right; drinking extra glasses of water a day actually tricks your body into thinking it’s full, while providing hydration without any unwanted calories. When we urinate, it’s our body’s opportunity to get rid of unnecessary toxins in our body, which is especially important during times of fat metabolism and weight loss. The more we clear out our insides, the more efficiently we will run and the healthier we will feel. Often times, we continue eating much after our body is full, and by drinking water we stop ourselves from over indulging. So if you’re looking for something to help in your weight loss battles, skip the Slim-Fasts, and have yourself some good ‘ol Aquafina.
5. How can I measure how much I’m drinking? To ensure you are getting enough water every day, buy a reusable water bottle and know the amount of ounces per serving and calculate how many times you need to fill it up in the day. For example, a 16-ounce container will need to be filled up four times throughout the day. Not only will you be doing your body good, but you wont have to worry about constantly wasting plastic bottles of water.
6. Food can be a great source of water as well. Fresh fruits and vegetables can assist in hydrating our bodies almost as well as a glass of water can. For fruits, the highest percent of water content found is in strawberries and watermelon with a whopping 92 percent. Close behind are raspberries, pineapples, cantaloupe, peaches and oranges. For vegetables, cucumbers and iceberg lettuce lead the way with an overall water content of 96 percent. Other vegetables high in water content are celery, radishes, zucchini, tomatoes and cabbage. For a complete list, check out Livestrong’s assessment here.
7. When we fill ourselves with the necessary amount of water each day, we reap benefits from the inside out. People in Japan and India are using water as medicine and use water therapy to cure headaches, arthritis, diabetes, ear, nose and throat diseases, obesity and tuberculosis, just to name a few. Water therapy includes drinking four to six eight-ounce glasses of water first thing in the morning followed by 45 minutes of fasting. The theory is that drinking water immediately after waking up can give you energy for the day, re-hydrate you after the dehydrating process of sleep, and jump start your metabolism. Whether or not this works for you, the power of water is being explored in many cultures and is an alternative method that can be tried before medication is prescribed.
8. Water fights fatigue better than a cup of Joe. Although most of us reach for an afternoon kick from a sugary soda or strong coffee, we are actually masking the issue of fatigue and not fixing it. When we are tired, usually around the late afternoon, our body is often times dehydrated and in need of water, not sugar. Caffeine acts as a diuretic, leading to more urination and therefore dehydration. Be sure to fill up on water, before caffeine, when you feel tired, and you might be surprised at the benefit…. and lack of calories!