The Importance Of Drinking Water….
Being an athlete who works out quite a lot and sweats big time, of course, I need to keep myself hydrated and hydrated properly, not just theoretically.
Just like a lot of people, I didn’t use to like drinking water. I found it tasteless. I used to have one and a half liters of water a day and think ‘ OK I’ve done my job, I had the 1.5 liters of water that they say I have to drink a day ‘ and then the rest of my daily fluids I would ingest thru enjoying fresh healthy drinks and watery fruits like watermelon. Although I have always known that drinking pure water was primary, I never gave it much importance as long as my urine was clear. Consequently I wasn’t drinking enough pure water while in my mind I must be well hydrated cos I was having plenty of liquids.
Until one day, talking to a friend of mine about this whole subject, one word he said about cleaning our bodies clicked in my head and gave me a different perspective towards pure water. A perspective that changed my life as it made more sense then anything else; if I washed my dirty dishes with watermelon or fresh juice, they would never get cleaned, they would still be sticky and dirty. Pure clean water is needed for the dishes to get actually cleaned up. Our system is the same, if we only give it sugary and fruity drinks it will never get cleaned, our system needs pure water to slush out all the toxins and residues and clean itself up. Made perfect sense to me when I looked at it that way and that was when I started making sure I drink at least 2 liters of water a day regardless of how much fruits or other healthy drinks I was ingesting.
I must admit, my energy improved and consequently my training. My mind was sharper and I was even sleeping better.
We all know water is good for us, but it’s hard to make the decision to choose water with all the variety of energy drinks, sodas, juices, coffees and tea so readily available.
Then again knowing why water is more beneficial to our bodies than any other drink, we would make the water bottle our daily companion. It’s my best buddy now 🙂
Our brains are 90% water so without giving our bodies a sufficient amount of water, our brains would not work as efficiently as it could.
How clean our system is from the inside reflects on how our skin looks like from the outside. A dehydrated body causes a dehydrated skin and a dehydrated skin would consequently retain whatever water it already has, making it look puffy, bloated and generally unhealthy.
Many symptoms are associated with dehydration: weight gain, constipation, urinary infections and general fatigue are just a few of the most common ones.
While migraine, muscle cramps, irregular blood pressure and kidney problems are some of the harmful effects of dehydration, a 20% dehydrated body brings a high risk of death.
Which brings me to some of the main health benefits of drinking water, there are many many more but to me these are the most important benefits:
– Preventing headaches: Better prevent a headache then try to stop it. A headache triggered by dehydration could turn into a migraine, really really nasty and takes quite a while to get rid of no matter how much water you drink then.
– Healthy weight loss: Better digestion, no bloating or constipation.
– Beautiful skin.
– Better exercise: Drinking enough water regulates your body temperature which consequently gives you better energy.
– Healthier Heart: A hydrated body allows more oxygen into our system, which makes our heart work much less harder to pump the oxygenated blood to all cells.
– Relieves Fatigue: A heart working more efficiently helps the rest of the vital organs do the same. Less exhausted organs makes a less exhausted you.
– Reduce the Risk of Cancer: Related to the digestive system, some studies show that drinking a healthy amount of water may reduce the risks of bladder cancer and colon cancer. Water dilutes the concentration of cancer-causing agents in the urine and shortens the time in which they are in contact with the bladder.
– Less cramps and Sprains: Proper hydration helps keep your joints and muscles lubricated, so you’ll less likely get cramps and sprains.
A healthy tip : Water mixed with just lemon juice – NO SUGAR ADDED – is used for ailments like respiratory disease, intestinal problems, rheumatism and arthritis etc.