Drink Your Water

Water is important to us as living beings on the plant. Our bodies are made of mostly water and the plant is covered mostly in water.

For those of you that are interested in some numbers and percentages to go along with what was said above:

  • The brain and heart are composed of 73% water.
  • The lungs are about 83% water.
  • The skin contains 64% water.
  • The muscles and kidneys are 79% water.
  • The bones are 31% water.
  • The ocean covers 71% of the Earth’s surface and contains 97% of the Earth’s water.

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Water plays some key roles in helping to maintain our bodies. Here are a few examples:

  • Helps regulate body temperature.
  • Provides lubrication and cushioning for joints.
  • Provides protection for the spinal cord and additional sensitive tissues.
  • Helps facilitate removing waste products through urination, perspiration, and bowel movements.

With water playing such an important role in our lives, it seems pertinent to look at the benefits of drinking water as it relates our physical and mental health.

Relieves fatigue while increasing energy – Dehydration can make you feel tired and as the brain is around 73% water, drinking water can help with focus, concentration, alertness, and thinking. As an added benefit, energy levels are also boosted! By drinking the right amount of water, your heart will be better able to help pump your blood more effectively. And water can help your blood transport oxygen and other essential nutrients to the cells in your body.

Revs up metabolism and helps with weight loss – Water helps remove by-products of fat and if water is drunk before a meal it can help you feel fuller which potentially can help you reduce your food intake. Your metabolism can also be revved up by drinking more water, especially if the water is icy cold as the body must work harder to warm the water up.

Flushes out toxins that can build up in the body – Water plays a role in waste removal. Two ways that the body removes waste products are through sweat and urination. Specifically looking at water in relationship to urine, water dilutes the salts and minerals which helps prevent the development of kidney stones.

Pampers skin – Water is a wonderful gift to our skin. When skin cells are well hydrated they appear more pump revealing a more youthful appearance. Wrinkles and fine lines even appear less pronounced. Water also helps with flushing out impurities and improving circulation giving that glowing skin effect.

Aids in good digestion – In addition to fiber, water is also important for digestion. Water plays a role in helping to dissolve waste products and then passes them through the digestive system. If your body is dehydrated, it will absorb all the water which leaves the colon dry making it more difficult to pass waste. Translation – constipation.

Boosts immune system – People who drink water are less likely to become ill. Drinking plenty of water may also help defend against the flu, cancer, and other illnesses like heart attacks.

Helps relieve headaches – Water has the potential to help relieve and prevent headaches which can be triggered by dehydration.

Prevents muscle cramps and protects joints – When well hydrated from drinking water, the muscles are more hydrated and elastic and the joints are lubricated thusly helping with muscles cramps and protecting joints. Bonus, being hydrated means that you can exercise longer and stronger.

Stress reduction – Being dehydrated means that the body and the mind are stressed. If you are already thirsty it means you are dehydrated. By drinking water you can keep your stress levels down.

So don’t be afraid of that glass water. Embrace that glass!

Please Note: This post is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your doctor regarding your health.

Resources and References:
USGS – The Water In You
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – Ocean
Mind Body Green – 10 Reasons Why You Should Drink More Water
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Drinking Water
Kids Health – Why Drinking Water Is The Way To Go
WebMD – 6 Reasons to Drink Water
Medical News Today – Why is drinking water important? How much water should you drink?

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