10 Health Benefits of Drinking Water
“Water is the driving force of all nature.“
- Leonardo Da Vinci
Water is imperative for all body functions. A miracle fluid without calories that helps in maintaining the internal environment of the body including temperature, pH and its interaction and exchange with the external environment. Here are a few reasons that will motivate you to hydrate yourself better, whatever the season:
Next time you feel like you are more tired than you should be, instead of grabbing that java with high caffeine, consider how much water you drink daily. Yes, water keeps you hydrated, keeping fatigue at bay.
Eliminates Waste & Toxins
Water facilitates the kidneys in removing waste and toxins from the body. It flushes out toxins through urination and sweat, a medium to purify the body of all unwanted waste.
Muscles require adequate water to perform at their optimum capacity during workouts. The slightest of dehydration can reduce muscle ability, dragging you down during your heavier workouts.
Healthy regular bowel movement
When there isn’t enough water, other functions draw out water from the digestive system, contributing to constipation and irregularity. Water helps in relieving constipation and keeping things flowing properly.
Helps in Weight Loss
More than being just fulfilling, it is a great pin-pointer to identify how hungry you really are. See here to know how it helps in weight loss.
Helps you heal
When you’re coming down with something, the body needs to gear up its fighting mechanism to ward off the pathogens which increases the demands. “Because you need that strong function to fight off sickness, you need hydration then too,” says Jen Bruning, MS, RDN, LDN, spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Prevents water retention
Lesser water in the body also contributes to water retention causing swollen hands and feet. The brain perceives less water as a threat and starts retaining water. This can be prevented and healed by consuming enough water daily.
Regulates Body Temperature
Water directly plays a role in sweating for the maintenance of body temperature. Just observe how our bodies sweat more during workouts and in summers and you’ll get the idea.
Cardiovascular and overall health
Adequate water concentrations help in maintaining the viscosity of body fluids like plasma and the distribution of important heart health factors like fibrinogen. Water carries enzymes and hormones, facilitating their transport while also playing a role in the absorption of nutrients and overall metabolism.
Healthier skin and hair
Proper hydration keeps the cell membranes taut and the cells supple. It may reduce the appearance of dehydration-induced fine lines, keeping your skin looking healthier.
Put simply, get enough water. Stay hydrated to stay healthy.