Approximately 71% of human body is made up of water, so it is very important that we keep our bodies well hydrated.
There are multiple health benefits of drinking water, such as:
- It helps flushing out waste substances from cells and organs
- Helps dissolve minerals so that they are available to the body
- Lubricates the joints
- Keeps the skin healthy
- Helps digestion
- Prevents constipation
- Helps prevent muscle fatigue
- Revives the feel of hunger
- Helps dental health
- Forms saliva and mucus
- Maintains electrolyte balance
- Flushes body waste
- Brings nutrients and oxygen to the cells
- Regulates body temperature
- Normalizes blood pressure
Unfortunately, many people do not drink enough water. Some of them prefer soft drinks, some like coffee or tea, some like carbonated drinks, and some would say they simply “aren’t thirsty”, so they don’t drink it. For whatever reason you do not drink or do not drink enough, you are making a huge mistake. Water does for your body what no other drink can. It keeps your body healthy and functioning well.
Dehydration symptoms are:
- Headaches that are a sign of dehydration and toxins in the body
- Weight gain – sometimes people mistake their thirst for hunger
- Fatigue – water carries nutrients to the nerves and muscles
- Dry ashy skin of the whole body
- Dry hair and itchy scalp
- Dry mouth
- Brain fog
- Tooth decay and gum disease
- Urinary tract infections
- Lack of energy
- Low blood pressure
So, if you have more than one of the above symptoms, make sure to review your daily intake.
All the beverages containing water contribute to your daily intake, but the fact is that all beverages except water, come with calories, added sugars, carbonates, additives, preservatives, artificial colors, and flavors. Studies show that water is still the best choice if you want to maintain good health.
How much water should you drink?
Most people need about 2 litres a day, but there is no “one fits all” rule when it comes to the daily intake. Daily intake depends on health condition, medication, activity, air temperature, etc. People with heart, thyroid, or kidney disorder, or those taking medication that cause them to retain water must be careful with their water intake. Also, people who do physical work or exercise lose water through sweating, so they need to drink more. During summer, people sweat more, which means they lose not only water from their body, but electrolytes as well, so it is important to compensate for this.
Anyway, drinking water is a habit. You get used to not drinking it, so you don’t feel thirsty, but you can also get used to drinking water and then feel thirsty as soon as you skip the drink.
Start building your habit gradually, drink a glass of water whether you are thirsty or not, drink it slowly, be positive, make sure to have good thoughts and your water will carry those feelings into your body and become even healthier. Also, drink filtered warm water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach or add a pinch of Himalayan salt for even more benefits.
Avoid bottled water whenever you can.
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➥ DISCLAIMER: This post is not intended to replace medical treatment. The information provided is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice.