Human bodies are made up mostly of water, so it’s no wonder we consider water to be the ideal choice in beverages. However, many people walk around chronically dehydrated and don’t even realize it. Adults should aim to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day and more if you’re physically active, breastfeeding, or are outdoors in warm weather. If you need some motivation to keep on sipping, below are eight reasons to get you started:
Dehydration can cause a myriad of unpleasant symptoms that include muscle weakness, fatigue, and dizziness. When these symptoms occur, they will prevent you from performing your daily activities and having enough energy for exercise.
While it may seem simple, to simply drink water and lose weight, for those who typically reach for drinks with calories (such as soda, juice, milk, or alcohol), drinking water may provide the calorie deficit needed for weight loss. Dehydration is often a cause of cravings, as well, so instead of heading down the junk food aisle, snack on foods with a high water content such as melon or cucumber slices.
Other symptoms of dehydration are headaches, muscle cramps, and stiff, painful joints. Drinking water can ease these painful symptoms by providing sufficient water to the brain, delivering nutrients to the muscles, and lubricating the joints.
Our brains are made up primarily of water so when we’re dehydrated, not only do we have headaches, but we also suffer from a lack of focus, memory, and concentration. Increasing the amount of water you drink can dramatically improve your brain function.
Our skin is one of the first places to suffer when we become dehydrated and the effect is dull and dry skin. Over time, this leads to premature aging of the skin and makes it prone to other skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne. Drinking more water promotes healthy cell turnover and keeps your skin looking vibrant and healthy.
The colon and intestines require water to keep waste moving, which is why constipation is one of the most common symptoms of dehydration. Acid reflux is another digestive complaint that can be alleviated with proper hydration.
Water plays a vital role in how our bodies transport vitamins and minerals to our organs, but it’s also what carries toxins out of our body, in the form of sweat and urine. Without adequate water, we are at risk for developing painful infections and conditions such as kidney stones.
Of all the products marketed to you claiming to make you healthier, water is the cheapest one of all. Drink your water straight from the tap or invest in a filtration system if you prefer (it’ll pay itself off in no time).
While most people can definitely stand to drink more water, there is such thing as drinking too much water. Instead of waiting till you are dehydrated (thirst is a sign of dehydration), drink small amounts of water throughout the day and avoid drinking more than 4 cups of water at one time.