One of the first questions I ask new clients is typically "how much water do you think you drink in a day?" I'm usually not surprised when their response is a very minimal amount because a lot of individuals don't realize how important water consumption is for everyday life.
Well, what's so great about drinking water?
First of all, your body is made up of 55-78% water, depending on your overall size. Your muscles, brain, bones, and blood all contain water!
Water: An Overview
⇾transports vital nutrients and oxygen into the cell
⇾moisturizes the air in the lungs
⇾helps with metabolism
⇾protects our vital organs
⇾helps our organs to absorb nutrients better
⇾regulates body temperature
⇾protects and moisturizes our joints
When you don't drink enough water, you may suffer from a condition called DEHYDRATION.
Symptoms of dehydration include:
⇾Irregular Blood Pressure
→and, if you're 20% or more dehydrated, you're at a risk of death.
Here are some FABULOUS BENEFITS to drinking water!
1. LOSE WEIGHT! Water flushes out the by-products of fat breakdown. Drinking a big glass of water before a meal can help reduce hunger, as well as give your food a foundation to digest in. Water also is CALORIE FREE!
2. NATURAL REMEDY FOR HEADACHE! The most common reason for headache is dehydration, and drinking water can help relieve dehydration, therefore offering headache relief.
3. LOOK YOUNGER WITH HEALTHIER SKIN! When your skin is properly hydrated, you look younger. Water restores moisture to skins tissues, moisturizes skin, and restores skin elasticity.
4. BETTER PRODUCTIVITY AT WORK OR SCHOOL! Since your brain is 90% water, drinking water can help you think better and more clearly.
5. BETTER EXERCISE! Water not only helps fuel your muscles, but also helps regulate your body temperature, so if you drink water while exercising, it will help you to feel more energized.
6. HELPS IN DIGESTION AND CONSTIPATION! Not only do you need fiber in order to poop, but water too. Water holds fibers hand throughout their whole adventure in the large and small intestine. Since water is a digestion aid, it also helps raise your metabolism.
7. LESS CRAMPS AND SPRAINS! Keeping your joints and muscles lubricated and moisturized by drinking enough water everyday will help prevent your legs from getting cramps or sprains.
8. MORE LIKELY TO STAY HEALTHY, LESS LIKELY TO GET SICK! Drinking water can strengthen your immune system. It flushes out toxins, making it harder for you to get the flu or other illnesses. Add lemon to your water for other added benefits!
9. RELIEVES FATIGUE! Since the water flushes out the toxins, your vital organs don't have to work as hard to keep safe from them resulting in more energy!
10. GOOD MOOD! When your body feels good, YOU feel good, SO TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY!
11. REDUCE THE RISK OF CANCER! Some studies have shown, that drinking a healthy amount of water could reduce the risk of bladder and colon cancer. Water dilutes the concentration of cancer causing agents and shortens the time in which they are in contact with the bladder lining.
So... have we put down the soda yet?
If not, let me see if I can further convince you...
On average, families spend $550 on soda a year.
The medical expenses because of the long term effects soda has on the body are going to be outrageous.
Health risks caused by soda: high blood pressure, tooth decay, gingivitis, cavities, risk of diabetes, risk of heart disease, linked to osteoporosis, increase risk of kidney stones, heartburn, liver problems,
IT CONTAINS AN INGREDIENT BANNED IN OVER 100 COUNTRIES, BVO, brominated vegetable oil. 100 countries have this product banned, but we still consume it?
It causes extreme weight gain.
The rest of the world doesn't really drink soda, and I'm sure it has a lot to do with the reasons I mention above.
OUR GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES WHEN IT COMES TO FOOD, ARE MADE TO BENEFIT THE DISTRIBUTOR, NOT THE CONSUMER.
We are the consumers. This means that we need to make sure we know what we are consuming, check nutrition labels and ingredients to find out what exactly is going in to our bodies, and make the best possible decisions when it comes to our health. A good start would be increasing your water intake. I'm not saying drink eight glasses of water a day. Instead, when you feel thirsty, before reaching for that soda, sweet tea, energy drink, etc., give water a shot.
As much as these other beverages are liquid and will result in some sort of hydration, nothing can beat the benefits of getting enough water into your body to keep everything flowing smooth.