Since H2O makes up nearly two thirds of who we are physically, it’s no real surprise that there are a ton of benefits of drinking water.
“A drop of water, if it could write out its own history, would explain the universe to us.” – Lucy Larcom
I love starting my day with a big mug of warm honey lemon water in the morning. You can expect to see a bottle of water (or two… or three) on my desk, in my car, and by my side at all times. I bring water with me wherever I go, because it’s a good reminder to stay hydrated all day long.
We need water to survive and to thrive. Water influences every bodily process and every cell in our body, which explains why we usually feel better when we drink enough water.
While there are differing views on how much water we should drink for optimum health, there’s a general consensus that drinking water greatly enhances our well-being.“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” – Loren Eiseley Click To Tweet
Plain and simple: water is good for us in so many ways. Here are fifteen reasons why.
15 Benefits of Drinking Water
1. Water keeps you alive.
To my friends who dislike drinking water: You may want to consider loving it a little more, because it’s pretty vital to your survival. Depending on our environment, we can live more than three weeks without food, but only a few days to one week without water.
2. Water keeps fluids flowing.
Our bodily fluids support digestion and circulation, transport nutrients, aid absorption, regulate body temperature, and more. Water essentially allows these fluids to flow freely and our body to function properly.
3. Water prevents cancer.
4. Water improves athletic performance.
Sweating is one way our body loses water, and our muscles (which are made up of 75 percent water) feel the effects. Dehydration can lead to weakness, dizziness, electrolyte imbalance, muscle cramps and muscle fatigue. Stay properly hydrated before, during and after exercise—you’ll definitely feel the results.
5. Water helps weight management.
Thirst sometimes shows up as hunger; in other words, when we think we are hungry, we may actually just need water. Many studies link water consumption to weight loss because it makes us feel full and it may also boost metabolism.“Water is the driving force of all nature.” – Leonardo Da Vinci Click To Tweet
6. Water prevents headaches.
Dehydration has been linked to headaches and migraines. Drinking enough water throughout the day is an effective way to prevent the onset of headaches. Try drinking two to four cups of water to alleviate an existing headache.
7. Water may improve skin health.
Though there is a connection between dehydration and loss of elasticity and roughness of the skin, it is still not proven that drinking water improves skin’s color and texture. I think it’s worth a try.
8. Water boosts heart health.
Research shows a link between increased water intake and lower risk of death from coronary heart disease.
9. Water boosts brain health.
Dehydration causes shrinkage of brain tissue and can impair your attention span, memory and motor skills. Drinking water helps you stay focused and perform better on tests.
10. Water eases hangovers.“No water, no life. No blue, no green.” – Sylvia Earle Click To Tweet
11. Water protects joints and cartilage.
Water keeps the cartilage—the rubbery protective material around your joints and bones—soft and hydrated. Drinking water can reduce pain in joints, and it also protects our spinal cord and tissues.
12. Water aids digestion.
Our digestive system needs water to function properly. Without water, our body cannot flush out waste. Drinking water adds fluid to the colon, preventing constipation and keeping things flowing along your gastrointestinal tract.
13. Water supports the kidneys.
The kidneys sift out waste, transport urine to the bladder, help control blood pressure, and balance fluids. Our kidneys need water to do their job. When you’re properly hydrated, your urine flows freely, is light in color, and is free of odor.
14. Water energizes.
15. Water improves mood.
Drinking water has a positive effect on our state of mind. Even mild dehydration can make us feel grumpy and confused. Drink water, and happiness is easier to come by.
- How much water do you (try to) drink every day?
- Do you have any tips for drinking more water?
- What benefits of drinking water have you experienced recently?
Please share your thoughts, helpful tips, and any flavorful water recipes with me in the comments.
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