Are you actively thinking about how much water you are drinking throughout your daily routine? If not, it just might be time to start making that a habit! Aside from just being critical to our survival as humans (the body is composed of 55-78% water) keeping us hydrated, water has several other beneficial effects. Lets dig in and check them out:
- Water Relieves Fatigue
When there is less water in the body, our blood volume drops which forces our heart to work harder to pump oxygen throughout the bloodstream. The more water you drink, the easier it is for your body to perform it’s daily functions, thus reducing fatigue.
2. Helps with Digestions and Constipation
The correct amount of water will allow your gastrointestinal tract to function properly. This improves digestion and prevents constipation. When you don’t drink enough water, your colon has to find other places to pull water from, and that’s what results in us, well, not feeling so hot.
3. Aids Weight Loss
Scientist have found that drinking two eight-ounce glasses of water prior to meals can assist in suppressing our appetites. Water also helps increase the rate at which the body burns fat. This act promotes the breakdown and elimination of fat cells.
- Regulates Body Temperature
The thermal properties of water release from the body when sweat evaporates from the surface of our skin. This is important because a well-regulated body temperature allows us to feel more energetic. Water also helps our joints stay lubricated which will deter muscle cramps and sprains.
- Promotes Healthy Skin
While water is keeping the body hydrated it is simultaneously improving our capillary blood flow which promotes healthier looking skin. Water also helps replenish your skin tissue as well as increasing the elasticity in your skin.
- Fights Bad Breath
Water keeps your mouth moist and thus washes away food particles and bacteria. Oral bacteria creates stinky compounds and the consumption of water helps dilute those compounds.
Do yourself a favor and set a goal for how much water you are going to drink everyday! Break it down into the morning, afternoon, and evening. How much water will you drink during each part of the day? You can’t forget the basics. Take care of your body, give it the fuel it needs to operate at its highest capacity!