As Americans, we seem to carry bottled water everywhere we go nowadays. In fact, water has now become the most popular drink throughout the United States, after being overshadowed by soda products for more than 20 years.
Water lovers, however, got a jolt recently when there was news reporting the benefits of water might have been oversold. That being said, apparently, the old rule that encouraged us to drink eight glasses a day was nothing more than a guideline, NOT based on scientific evidence.
But don’t put your water bottle down just yet. Although we may not need eight glasses of water each day, there are still plenty of reasons to drink more water. As a matter of fact, this simple act is vital to your health.
When your water intake doesn’t equal your output, you can become dehydrated in a matter of minutes. Fluid losses become even more noticeable in warmer climates, during intense exercises, in high altitudes, as well as in senior citizens, whose sense of thirst may not be as sharp as it used to.
Here are five reasons to make sure you drink more water everyday:
5 Reasons Why You Should Drink More Water
1. Water keeps your skin hydrated.
Believe it or not, the human body contains about 60-70 percent water. That means when you’re dehydrated, you’re affecting the performance of the majority of your body. Your skin, for example, contains plenty of water.
When water’s lost in large quantities throughout the course of the day, you need to replace it somehow. The unfortunate truth, however, about water and your skin is that water will reach just about all other organs before making its way to your skin.
That’s why it’s important to keep your skin hydrated when you go outdoors. This will not only show a visible difference in hydration, but it can help with premature aging, too.
If your skin is not getting the sufficient amount of water it needs, the lack of hydration will make itself known by turning the skin dry, tight, and flaky. Dry skin is also more prone to wrinkles.
What’s the best way to add more water to your skin? The answers simple: drink more water. Drinking at least eight glasses a day will help your body – and skin – remain hydrated.
2. It can help flush out waste and other bacteria.
Speaking of getting rid of toxins, your digestive system relies on water to function properly. Waste flushes out your body in the form of urine and sweat. If you don’t drink water, you don’t flush out waste.
How does water help remove toxins from inside the body?
Water also transports nutrients where they need to go. Without it, your feces can dry up and get stuck, eventually causing constipation. Water is a natural stool softener that promotes an evacuation path for your bowels.
3. Increases performance.
Whether you’re a serious athlete or you exercise for recreational purposes, proper hydration contributes to increased athletic performance.
Water regulates your body temperature and lubricates your joints while you’re working out. If your body isn’t hydrated, you won’t be able to perform at high levels. This will cause your body to experience muscle cramps, dizziness, and can even damage nerves located throughout the body.
A simple way to make sure you’re staying hydrated is to check your urine. If your urine is consistently colorless or light yellow, for instance, chances are you’re keeping your body hydrated. Dark yellow and amber-colored urine, on the other hand, are clear signs of dehydration.
There are NO exact rules for how much water you should drink during a workout, because everyone’s different. Although there are no rules, factors should still be considered: things like the heat and humidity, your sweat rate, and the amount of time spent exercising.
But a good rule of thumb is: 8 ounces of water (or 1 cup) every 15 minutes during exercise.
4. Your life depends on it.
It’s just that important. Depending on the environment you live in, you might be able to live only a few days without water, maybe a week.
We can live much longer without food than water. Most of us should start prioritizing its consumption far more than we currently do. Remember, your body is mostly water and needs it to keep organs from shutting down.
5. It’s good for your mental health.
When we are dehydrated, we are affected both mentally and physically. Drinking water and brain functions are integrally linked. Lack of water to the brain can cause numerous symptoms, including complications with focus, memory, brain fog, headaches, anger, depression, and sleep issues.
As mentioned earlier, over up to 70 percent of the human body is composed of water. Thus, every function within the body is highly dependent on it, including the brain and the rest of the nervous system.
With the brain being one of the most important organs in your body, the last thing you want to do is NOT give it enough fuel. In other words, water gives the brain the energy it needs to function on thought and memory process.
Think about it: have you ever tried making a decision that required lots of research and couldn’t find an answer? Not simple answers that you might have overlooked. Tough questions like, whether or not you should buy or lease a car, take on a mortgage, or even settle down and have kids? I know I have.
When your brain is functioning on a full reserve of water, you’ll be able to think faster, be more focused, and experience greater concentration and creativity.
The bottom line is, if you want your brain to function correctly, receiving and sending signals to the rest of your body, change your diet and make sure it receives all the water it needs. This will result in improved blood flow; allowing blood to transport oxygen, fight against infections, and maintain tissue cells.
Remember to drink more water – your life depends on it.
Thanks for taking the time to read this article. What are some other reasons why we should consider drinking water over other beverage products? Feel free to leave comments below.