Water is your body’s principal chemical component and makes up about 60% of your body weight. Your body depends on it to survive. Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to function properly. A lack can lead to dehydration – a condition that occurs when you don’t have enough of it in your body to carry out normal functions. With that said, here are the 10 Best Reasons Why You Should Drink More Water!
1. Increases energy and relieves fatigue
Your brain is made up of 75% water, and drinking it helps you think and concentrate. Your energy levels are boosted and you’ll be more alert. Mild dehydration can impair your energy levels and mood and can lead to reductions in memory and brain performance.
2. Promotes weight loss
A natural metabolism raiser, with zero calories, water helps remove byproducts of fat, reduces hunger and overall food intake (if consumed prior to meals).
3. Flushes out toxins
By drinking water, your body can more readily get rid of toxins through sweat and urination and effectively transport nutrients to where they are most needed.
4. Improves skin complexion
A natural moisturiser that keeps your skin fresh, glowing and smooth, drinking water helps keep your skin hydrated. This is important because your skin is the largest organ in your body composed of 64% water! Consuming lots of it regularly can improve the colour and texture of your skin by building new cells properly. It also helps your skin regulate your body’s temperature through sweating. Check out, The Ultimate Guide to Healthy Skin, by Skin Care Skills.com.
5. Keep you regular
It’s a natural lubricant that’s essential in the process of digestion and absorbing your food. It also prevents constipation and promotes evacuation of your bowels.
6. Boosts your immune system
Adequate hydration has a huge impact on your immune system. Water helps your body function at optimum levels, helping you fight against flu and other illnesses.
7. Natural headache remedy
For many the cause of headache is dehydration. Choosing to drink a pint of water instead of taking medication is a healthier, natural cure with zero side effects!
8. Help prevents cramp and sprains
Proper hydration helps keep your joints lubricated and your muscles more elastic, making joint pain less likely.
9. Mood booster
Research suggests that dehydration affects your mood. When your body is functioning at its best, you’ll feel great and have more energy!
10. Saves money!
It’s FREE! Even if you choose bottled/filtered water, it’s still cheaper than other drink alternatives.
Top tips for increasing your water intake: Aim for between 1.5 and 2 litres a day. Carry a bottle everywhere as a reminder to keep drinking. Eat raw fruits and vegetables – they’re dense in water. You’ll know if you’ve drunk enough fluids that day if you urinate frequently and with a light colour. If you don’t like the taste of it plain, try chilled, sparking or add a slice of lemon or lime, or even no-added-sugar squash or fruit juice for flavour. You can also boil it and add a flavoured tea bag. How do you like yours? Tell us below, or on Facebook or Twitter! Also check out this infographic on 11 Benefits of Proper Hydration to Improve Your Health.