The health benefit of water...?
All my life, I heard that "your body is about 70% water"... but that didn't mean a dang thing to me...!
I thought, "Well, isn't that special...!"
I had no clue about any health benefit of water or that drinking water to improve and maintain my health was something I should even do...!
Why should you be drinking water for your health?
Well, water is the second most important thing that our bodies need to survive, oxygen being the first.
The body could survive for some time without food, but deprive it of water and it would only last a few days.
Virtually every job that the body performs requires water. It would seem then, pretty logical that a health benefit of water would be to drink it!
Here are only a few of the health benefits of water:
The health benefit of water is very powerful, but for a long time has been undervalued.
Unfortunately, we generally haven't been very well educated about it.
The main point of this article is to offer a basic understanding of why it's vital to be drinking water for your health.
I will point you to more information about the health benefit of water at the end of this article.
The body uses about 10 - 12 cups of water a day, through such things as breathing, digestion, elimination and perspiration.
So we need to replenish it daily or our bodies will become dehydrated.
"Dehydrate" means "to lose water, become dry."
I always thought I was dehydrated only when my lips started cracking and my mouth got super dry.
Those are signs that your body is extremely dehydrated.
It only takes a small deficiency of water to throw the body into "dehydration mode."
"Dehydration mode" makes it necessary for the body to ration an insufficient amount of water to run properly.
The body must economize on its use of water to prevent it from being lost.
Dehydration can definitely aggravate many health conditions.
A health benefit of water would be the improvement of many conditions by drinking water for your health, such as:
I've had (or have) several of the health conditions listed above and from my personal experience and observation... all of them have been improved or alleviated when I drink enough water.
When I found out that angina (chest pain) is at least partially caused by dehydration, I drank some water the next time I experienced mild angina.
I was very pleased that the chest pain subsided and eventually vanished rather quickly!
If you take prescription and/or over-the-counter drugs, it's even more essential to drink enough water for your health.
Not only are many drugs dehydrating (they need to suck up some water to work don't they?) but...
All drugs... no matter how well they appear to work... are toxic to the body.
Your kidneys need plenty of water to help them flush out toxins...especially when it's getting overloaded with them.
Another health benefit of water is its role in fat metabolism.
The secret to fat metabolism is to drink adequate amounts of water!
The kidneys need water to filter out waste and toxins from our bodies.
If we don't give our bodies the water it needs, the kidneys "dump" some of their workload on the liver.
One of the liver's jobs is to assist in fat metabolism.
If the kidneys can't do their job due to insufficient water (dehydration), some of their work is given to the liver.
You may know what it's like if you have to do someone else's work.
You can't do all of your own!
When the liver is doing some of the kidney's job, the liver can't do its own job of metabolizing fat very well.
So one specific health benefit of water is that you will have more energy from fat being metabolized or "burned" - and a lot of people would like some spare fat metabolized!
We commonly hear "Drink 8 glasses of water a day for good health" - but that never made sense to me.
You mean a 100 pound petite female needs the same amount of water as a 300 pound athlete?
I don't think so!
The amount definitely does depend on your weight.
The goal is 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water. For example, someone weighing 170 pounds needs to drink approximately 85 ounces per of water per day. That equates to 2.5 liters.
There's a really great on-line calculator that converts ounces to liters and tons of other calculations, like weight, distances and other measurements at CalculateMe.com.
It helps if you can take a look at what ideas you have that might be getting in your way of drinking plenty of water.
For example, one of my friends said that she "hated water."
Now that attitude towards water would get in your way!
Actually, when you are dehydrated, you lose your natural sense of thirst.
As you get your body more and more hydrated, your "natural thirst" will return.
I have definitely experienced that! And not all water is the same.
Tap water from the faucet contains all kinds of stuff that makes it not quite enjoyable to drink. (I've had some very enjoyable water actually!)
Tap water can also defeat the purpose of drinking water for your health due to chemical additives and other toxins.
Try different types of water and find one that makes you happy! This includes water that you filter at home of course.
Another one of my friends said that she couldn't be running off to the bathroom every 10 minutes - that problem was keeping her from the many health benefits of water.
She had also been losing some weight but was on a plateau.
She solved the bathroom problem by deciding to drink a small amount, just 1 cup, at the beginning of each hour.
That helped her a lot!
The addition of sufficient water to her weight loss plan got her going in the right direction again.
The body will "let go" of the water it's been retaining during dehydration when it starts getting what it needs - so going to the bathroom frequently is only temporary until the body adjusts to being hydrated.
Yes, water retention, contrary to what I thought for years, isn't from too much water. It's from not having enough, causing the body to "hang on" to the little water it has.
When you drink enough water, the body can let go of what it has been retaining.
A myth about drinking water for your health is that coffee and sodas "count" as drinking water.
Don't take my word for it, test this information for yourself!
If you drink less than 8 cups per day, find out for yourself if increasing your water intake improves your health and energy levels.
Any drink that isn't just pure water has a different chemical structure than water and thus reacts differently in the body.
But some great news is that that the water in fresh vegetables and fruits does indeed contribute towards hydrating the body.
Hmmm... maybe that celery is healthier than just being "low calorie!"
I used to be a diet soda junkie until I found out that artificial sweeteners are toxic, and discovered that I needed to drink water for good health.
I have a Brita® water filter pitcher and I get a 16 - 24 ounce bottle and fill it up with filtered water 3 or 4 times a day.
I've replaced diet sodas with water now, and it was not difficult because I did it little by little and just kept at it.
I also found that it's easy to drink the amount that my body needs when I keep the water bottle at my desk and just take a swig every once in a while. And I am definitely experiencing that I really want water now, my natural thirst has returned.
Have some fun with this aspect of improving your health and energy.
Make it a game for yourself to drink enough water, maybe get your friends or co-workers together and create a water drinking club, find a water drinking buddy... heh heh heh, you get the idea!
This article is by no-means a complete look into every health benefit of water.
My goal is to provide enough information to demonstrate that water is absolutely vital to good health.
To our health! *clink*
health begins with good information."