We talked briefly about drinking water in our article “Fitness Basics, Start with These 10 Things First”.
But how important is drinking water
Some Facts About Drinking Water
- Water composes 60 per cent of our body, and our blood is 90 per cent water
- There is no universally agreed amount of water that must be consumed daily
- Drinking water with meals helps reduce weight
- Water Keeps the skin hydrated thereby preventing skin disorder and wrinkling
10 BENEFITS OF DRINKING WATER
1. Weight loss
One of the prime benefits of drinking water often is the ability of water to help us lose weight. If you plan to lose weight try drinking as much water between meals. This will make you full and reduce your appetite. This has been proven scientifically.
2. Healthy Skin
Drinking water benefits our skin and makes it look fresh. It hydrates the skin thereby preventing skin disorders and wrinkles. This is why drinking water is beneficial for treating pimples and acne.
3. Important Minerals
Water contains important minerals our body require to function properly. These include calcium and magnesium for strong bones and healthy teeth, sodium and potassium for balance in body fluid and blood pressure.
4. Normal Metabolism
Metabolism – the rate at which the body converts food into energy. This process requires water to function. This is vital to the functioning of all our organs and systems. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology Metabolism proved that drinking water increased metabolism significantly.
5. Increased Libido
Believe it or not, drinking water often has been found to increase libido. This is of utmost importance to people with low libido or erectile dysfunction. Dehydration can reduce blood volume and affect mood, this may result in ED. This can be simply cured by drinking more water.
6. Heart Functioning
Benefits of drinking water include its ability to help the heart function properly. A hydrated heart is able to pump blood more easily and allows the heart muscles to function properly.
7. Increased Brain Functioning
Hydration strongly influences the brain. Studies have shown that mild dehydration can have a negative effect on the brain leading to poor performance. If you want the brain to function in its best capacity, it’s necessary to drink water often.
8. Clears the system of toxic substances
Water flushes toxins and waste from the body via the Kidneys and liver. Also, water helps soften stool, thereby eliminating waste products from the colon. This helps to prevent constipation.
9. It Prevents Joint Pain
Water is an important component of cartilages – found in joints and discs of the spine which helps reduce friction between joints. Dehydration will reduce this function and this will lead to joint pain or other joints disorders such as osteoarthritis – a condition of eroded cartilage leading to joint inflammation and pain.
10. It’s Cheap
One important benefit of drinking water is the fact that it is cheap compared to other weight loss method or method of medical treatment. Water is natural, readily available and easily accessible.
CAN DRINKING WATER BE TOO MUCH?
Yes, in fact in some cases water intake should be reduced. This is usually in people with heart failure. Drinking water, in this case, must be regulated.
Hopefully, you aren’t in this category and shouldn’t be worried about drinking too much water.
So as you can see drinking water is very important. It’s recommended to drink eight glasses of water a day.
In reality, there is no other substitute for drinking water.