The main benefit of drinking water should be easy even for children to understand. Since humans are about 60% water on average, they need water to live, and staying alive is probably the greatest benefit of all in regularly drinking water. But the importance and benefits of drinking water extend well beyond that singular one, even if it does rather scream importance when you think about it. Today we’re going to cover several of these benefits as well as why they are important for you. This is going to take a while, so you might want to go grab something to drink for while you read.
Water is important, sure, but can’t you get it from other sources besides actually drinking water? The short answer is no. Liquids like tea, soda and alcohol actually dehydrate the body even though their main ingredients are typically water. This point should provide you with plenty of opportunities to go and research why these things just don’t do the same job as water, but we’ll share one with you here. Because tea, coffee and similar drinks are diuretics, they actually steal water right out of your soft tissue. Haven’t you ever noticed how these things make you need to use the toilet?
The human body is not a closed system. You’re constantly coming into contact with free radicals, germs and other things that can potentially harm you, and what do you think the best natural filter in the world is for your insides? If you guessed water, you can probably just move onto the next point. Water is essential not only for proper digestion, but also cellular activity and waste excretion. Dehydration can make your time in the bathroom difficult or even painful, and that’s not the end of the benefits to drinking more of it.
Your blood, which is about 80% water for the average person, carries the nutrients you get from food and drink throughout your body. It also carries waste out of your body by taking it from all of your cells and moving it to your kidneys and colon. Water is important on the way out, so to speak, but it’s just as important on the way in as well. Just think of water as a kind of lubricant for people like oil is a lubricant for machines; that would actually be a fairly apt comparison. This is why it’s important to understand the water cycle, so you know where it comes from and how to get it.
Speaking of eating, water is a natural appetite suppressant. You’re not going to be able to make it for very long on water alone, but facts are facts, and a stomach that feels fuller thanks to water will tend to groan for less food than one that’s empty. Drinking a glass of water before and after each of your meals can leave you feeling fuller for a longer time, which can in turn cut down on the number of times you go searching for snacks in between meals. This makes water a decent tool for weight loss, though you’ll still need to keep up with the exercise and a lowered calorie intake too.
You know the human brain, that thing that makes each of us go? Well that’s even more water than lean muscle or blood – around 85% water on average. Drinking more water isn’t going to make you a more intelligent person, but it will absolutely help with the function of your brain, just like it helps with the function of every other organ and muscle throughout your body. Some people will tell you the best cure for a hangover is to drink a little more, but those people are idiots. Hit the water and hit it hard to beat many types of headaches, including the one you get from drinking.
As long as you’re drinking it cold, water also regulates your cooling system. Within 15 minutes of drinking a plain 12 ounce glass of water, your body will have absorbed about 70% of that water. Guess what flooding your veins with cold water does? Alternatively, if you’re feeling chilly and need a way to shake off the cold, hot drinks like cocoa or coffee usually come to mind, but hot water will work just as well. Warmer liquids are absorbed even more readily by the body, so heating up is easier than cooling down in most cases.
Pure, clean water doesn’t contain many of the harmful ingredients you can find in other drinks, like soda. Speaking of soda, some drinks are actually capable of removing rust from cars, or even stripping the paint right off of them, as has been proven by scientific studies. If that cola you’re thinking of gulping down could rip the paint off a car, just what do you think it’s doing to your insides? When it comes down to it, water is the healthiest drink in the world.
Water is nature’s moisturizer. Drinking plenty of it will lead to a healthier hide and complexion, a thing for which your skin will certainly thank you. Besides that, all those lotions, oils and rubs that are available leave a greasy residue after use – that’s something you just don’t get from water. In fact, many of those same things that are marketed to moisturize skin will actually dry it out with regular use, because the body will think the skin is all set and send that water elsewhere, leading to ever dryer skin, which calls for ever more moisturizer. It’s a vicious cycle, really.
These are several benefits of drinking more water, along with reasons why each are important for you and your health. Everyone needs water, and the odds are pretty good you’re not getting enough every day. Experts recommend 8, 8oz glasses a day, or about 2 liters total, for the average person. Sick people should be drinking even more water though to help flush out that infection and beat it; a gallon a day isn’t an unheard of amount under those circumstances. That’s around 4 liters, or twice as much as is recommended for the average person. Adjust your water intake according to your needs.