It’s no secret that winter takes a toll on our bodies. The cold, brittle air dries out skin, leaving it flakey, tight, itchy and just overall bleh. But it’s not just your skin that’s affected—every organ in the body actually requires water to run efficiently. This means that if you’re not consuming enough h20 per day, you’re actually doing harm to yourself and fueling things like fatigue, weight gain, headaches, stomach issues, and other problems. That’s why we decided to do some research and list the top reasons why your body needs water, how it uses it, and how to easily get more of it!
Increases Energy And Relieves Fatigue. Did you know that our brains are made up of about 73% water? Drinking it helps you think, focus, concentrate, and be more alert. Water also is known to increase energy—crazy, right? Next time you’re feeling zonked, try drinking a couple glasses of water. Feeling tired is another one of the first signs of dehydration and gulping down some h20 could zap the sleepiness. If your issue is that you genuinely forget to drink it, get the MyWater app, which helps remind you to sip throughout the day.
Makes Your Skin Glow. The sun’s not the only thing you need to be conscious of. If you’re constantly dehydrated, your skin will begin to shrivel and become wrinkled and dry, which is why it’s important to get those 8 cups per day (unless you’re into the who raisin look)! However, keep in mind that over-hydration won’t take you form 40 to 17 again, either, and it might actually put dangerous stress on your kidneys. So stick to the recommended amount and if you find yourself needing extra skin hydration, lock it in with a rich moisturizer.
Detox. Yeah, we love superfoods, green juices, and smoothies just as much as the next health-nut, but drinking regular water is the most effective way to detoxify your body. The kidneys aren’t able to expel hazardous toxins when they are dehydrated. This causes abnormal bowel, kidneys, and liver function, which further leads to a buildup of toxins in your blood. Lemon juice is detoxifying and simply squeezing a slice in hot water before your morning coffee everyday can help detoxify your body.
Deliver Nutrients To The Body. Eat all the paleo, gluten-free, “clean” dishes you want but if you’re not leveling up with a steady water intake, your’e still not helping your body. Why? Our bodies receive oxygen and vital nutrients through the bloodstream and since blood is 92% water, it’s crucial to stay hydrated. To get a little deeper, when we consume food, the digestive system works hard to make it water-soluble so that the nutrients to go between capillaries and enter the circulatory and blood system.
Promotes Weight Loss. How many times have you been weirdly hungry after a meal, or at a weird time when you know you shouldn’t be? You could be dehydrated. Dehydration produces feelings in the stomach that can make you think you’re hungry (when you’re not)! Drinking water removes reduces both false hunger pains and actual eating intake (by filling up your stomach if consumed prior to meals), raises your metabolism, removes by-products of fat, and has zero calories! If water seems “boring” to you, consume it in different ways—herbal tea, fruit water, juices, or even eat fruit by itself, as it’s loaded with water!
Improves Mood. Struggle with depression or anxiety? Dehydration can play a major role in negative feelings and moods. Drinking water makes us feel so refreshed that it actually improves our state of mind. You don’t even have to be “in need” of water to benefit. Grab a glass and drink your way to better days.
It Keeps Things Moving. Water helps us, you know, go by helping dissolve fats and soluble fiber. Drinking enough water prevents constipation and also reduces the burden on the kidneys and liver by helping to flush waste products. Geagan breaks it down: “In the large intestine, water binds with fiber to increase the bulk of the stools, reduce transit time and make elimination easier. When you don’t drink enough water and fluids, the colon pulls water from stools, increasing your risk of constipation.
Boosts Immune System. A water guzzler is less likely to get sick. And who wouldn’t rather feel healthy the majority of the time? Drinking plenty of water helps fight against flu, cancer and other ailments like heart attacks.
Natural Pain Relief Do you struggle with constant headaches and migraines? How about back pain or joint problems? Water naturally helps relieve and prevent terrible head pains (as well as various pains in the body!) which are commonly caused by dehydration. It keeps the cartilage around our joints hydrated and supple, ensuring that our joints stay lubricated. It also protects our spinal cord and tissues, keeping us healthy from the inside out.
It might protect against some types of cancer. Research has discovered that the better that h20 intake, the lower chances of developing bladder cancer. How? One possible reason could be that urinating more frequently prevents the buildup of bladder carcinogens. Staying hydrated may also reduce the risk of colon cancer and breast cancer, so what more is there to say? Drink up!