11 Reasons Why Water is Essential to Good Health
We’ve all heard that water is good for us, and to be honest, most of us probably tune this out to some degree. But, as you are working on your overall health and fitness, drinking water is an essential component to reaching your goals. Here are just a few of the many reasons why water is vital for attaining good health.
1. Water lubricates the joints
In our bodies, cartilage, which is found in joints and the disks of the spine, contains approximately 80 percent water. If you don’t drink enough water, this can lead to long-term dehydration that reduces the joints’ shock-absorbing ability and increases the likelihood of joint pain.
2. Water delivers oxygen throughout the body
Oxygen is carried throughout the different parts of our body through our blood, which happens to be more than 90 percent water.
3. Water boosts skin health and beauty
When you don’t drink enough water, your skin can become more vulnerable to skin disorders and premature wrinkling. Dehydration can make your skin look dull, whereas drinking plenty of water can help give your skin a glow.
4. Water cushions the brain, spinal cord, and other sensitive tissues
A lack of water can affect your brain structure and function. Water is also involved in the production of hormones and neurotransmitters, so when you suffer prolonged dehydration, you might begin to experience problems with thinking and reasoning.
5. Water regulates body temperature
Water that is stored in the middle layers of the skin comes to the skin’s surface as sweat when the body heats up. As it evaporates, it cools the body. Some scientists have suggested that when there is too little water in the body, heat storage increases and you are less able to tolerate heat strain. Having a lot of water in your body may reduce physical strain if heat stress occurs during exercise.
6. The digestive system depends on water
For your bowel to work properly, it needs water. But, when you are dehydrated, you can experience digestive problems, constipation, and an overly acidic stomach. This increases the risk of heartburn and stomach ulcers. Drinking water before, during, and after a meal will help your body break down the food more easily. This will allow your body to more efficiently get the most out of your meals including those key nutrients, minerals, and vitamins your body needs.
7. Water helps maintain blood pressure
When we don’t have enough water in our bodies, our blood can become thicker, increasing blood pressure.
8. Water makes minerals and nutrients accessible
Minerals and different nutrients often dissolve in water, which makes it possible for them to reach different parts of the body where they are needed. Water allows the body to absorb and assimilate minerals, vitamins, amino acids, glucose, and other substances.
9. Water boosts performance during exercise
Some scientists have proposed that consuming more water might enhance performance during strenuous activity. This is especially true for activities lasting longer than 30 minutes. Drinking water can replace what is lost through activity and can affect your strength, power, and endurance.
10. Water helps with weight loss
Water may help with weight loss if it is consumed instead of sweetened juices and sodas and you may even burn more calories. “Preloading” with water before meals can also help prevent overeating by creating a sense of fullness.
11. Drinking water can help fight off illness.
Drinking enough water can prevent some medical conditions like constipation, kidney stones, exercise-induced asthma, urinary tract infection, and hypertension. Water also helps with the absorption of important nutrients from your food which also play a role in keeping you healthy.
It’s not how much you drink as much as when you drink
Understanding the importance of drinking water at the correct time maximizes its healthful effect on the body.
2 glasses of water after waking up helps activate internal organs.
1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal helps digestion.
1 glass of water before taking a bath or shower can help lower blood pressure.
1 glass of water before going to bed can help avoid stroke or heart attack.
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