Thursday, April 12, 2007

The many benefits of water!

Something as natural and plentiful as water is often taken for granted. So many people these days are happy drinking pop (soda) instead of water. Some people use the excuse that it's boring tasting, while others just prefer the sugary taste of pop! Most people don't realize how much our bodies depend on water! Our bodies crave it and need it and here is why.

-When our body runs short on water we go into dehydration mode. Dehydration causes us to feel fatigued and our brain to become less active.

-Water purifies your body by removing toxins and waste from your body and basically can rid your body of all of the nasty stuff swimming around inside of us that other beverages can't! It also helps to nourish your skin making your skin feel softer and have a sort of glow!

-As far as weight loss goes, water can play a huge factor in that! For one thing, drinking lots of water fills up your tummy and makes you feel fuller so that you wont feel hungry and wont eat as much as you normally would on an empty stomach.

-Your kidneys don't function correctly if they are not fully hydrated. When your kidneys aren't working up to par then some of the work goes to your liver which can slow down your metabolism. It just makes sense that the more water you have in your body, the better your liver can work to help metabolize your body fat.

-When your body is running low on water it goes into survival mode and then starts to hold onto the water in your body making you retain water which isn't healthy. That's why you need plenty of water to help flush out your system every day.

-Drinking lots of water also helps to hydrate your muscles making them stronger and in better working order.

Studies have shown that the best calculation for water intake should be one ounce of water for every 2 pounds of body weight you have. That can equal out to a lot but if you spread it out across the day then it should be easy to reach that goal!

Ofcourse if you work out every day then your body loses water through the sweating process and you need to refuel your body by adding more water to it. You should always drink water before, during and after your work out and it will help keep your energy level high.

There are other ways to get all of your water in daily without only having to carry a water bottle around with you all day long. There is a lot of water in fruit so be sure to eat fruit every day to help with your water intake. Not only that, but ofcourse fruit is also very healthy for you!

There are so many benefits of drinking water daily but yet so many people still continue to take it for granted and believe that they are fine without it. I've heard a lot of people say that they don't like to drink a lot of water because it makes them have to urinate too often. Well, in a way, that's a good thing because that means the toxins are getting flushed out of your body like they should be. Eventually your body will adjust to the extra water and your bathroom habits will slow down. The benefits are worth it and having to run to the bathroom every hour just gives you more exercise in your daily routine, right?


  1. Get post on water! I'm a big fan of getting my water in, although some days I just don't manage it.

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  3. i've been drinking more water lately, too. it's def. good for you