This is a post that’s been on my mind for quite some time, especially since I’ve been making a conscious effort with healthy eating and maintaining a more balanced lifestyle.
I never used to drink water, in fact I never really used to drink much of anything. I could go for the whole day with just one glass of juice and not feel thirsty, although I’d always wonder why I was so tired and feeling ‘fuzzy headed’.
It wasn’t until I really committed myself to a healthier life that I learnt the amazing benefits that water has for the body and realised how much damage I had been doing to myself by staying so dehydrated.
The body is made of over two thirds water, it’s in our brain, lungs, blood. Our bodies use water for everything, gaining it from whatever we eat or drink in order to process it in a certain way to help things run smoothly. However if we don’t drink enough excess water then our bodies can’t perform these functions and we start to feel drowsy all the time, have difficulty concentrating, short-term memory… it’s pretty inconvenient.
It amazes me that there are people in third world countries who are dying without clean water, yet we don’t even drink it when we have it on tap- literally.
Here are some amazing health benefits to drinking water;
- It helps to regulate your body temperature
- Removes harmful toxins from the body
- Transports valuable nutrients around the body
- A glass before bed can reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke in the night
- Aids weight loss (this really works, trust me)
- Clears your pores giving you better skin and shiny hair
- Makes your brain more alert, giving you better concentration levels
- Boosts your immune system *plus helps get rid of hangovers*
- Aids digestion, keeping your insides clean and healthy
- Helps fight fatigue while exercising
- Improves mood by making you feel so refreshed
- Could prevent some types of cancer
- Protects joints and cartilage by lubricating your bones- reducing the risk of arthritis
- Keeps the heart healthy
- It’s calorie free so you can drink as much as you want without the guilt!
Scientists say you should drink a litre of water, or 8 glasses, per day and really it’s not that much especially when you have a busy lifestyle which requires constant hydration. If you find that you aren’t remembering to drink often during the day, try to drink one glass of water every hour or so or set a reminder to do this. You’ll really see the difference in your performance!
Keep happy and hydrated!